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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, June 26, 2014

Creston Mapes and Free Books!

 photo Unknown_zps1c5783d3.jpegJack Crittendon is expecting a mindless night on the job at Festival Arena, but when Homeland Security picks up intel about a potential terrorist threat, Jack is thrust into a life-or-death battle to save himself—and the lives of thousands of innocent people.

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of A Romance Rekindled, by Kimberly Rose Johnson, is:

wpd_2@ . . .

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 Creston Mapes, author of Sky Zone (David C Cook, July 2014).

 photo Unknown-1_zps8d80289e.jpegCreston Mapes is the author of the inspirational thrillers Sky Zone, Poison Town, Fear Has a Name, Nobody, Dark Star, and Full Tilt. He has written for some of the world’s most recognized corporations, colleges and ministries, and has ghost-written seven non-fiction titles. His early years as a reporter inspire many of his novels.

Creston studied journalism at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, and began his writing career 30 years ago. He has fond memories of his boyhood in Bath, Ohio, where he became enchanted with his future wife, Patty, way back in the fourth grade. His father, Bernie, owned and operated The Weathervane Furniture Shop in town. The whole family lived right upstairs in the century-old house known as “The Shop.”

Since the fourth grade? That's absolutely charming!

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

-- I enjoy painting and am best at people/charactures.

-- I have a part-time job at a large entertainment venue in Atlanta where I serve as an usher for major concerts, shows, and sporting events.

-- My wife Patty and I were in the same 4th and 6th grade classes in elementary school.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Sky Zone.

 photo Unknown_zps1c5783d3.jpegJack and Pamela Crittendon have hit the breaking point. After months out of work as a reporter, Jack is playing Mr. Mom and working part-time at Festival Arena with his survivalist friend Brian Shakespeare. Meanwhile, Pamela has gone back to work while eight months pregnant, to make ends meet. So there is a ton of pressure on the home-front, to which many of us can relate.

With financial pressures boiling, Jack reports for duty at a rally for a controversial presidential candidate where he expects a mindless night on the job. But when Homeland Security picks up intel about a potential terrorist threat, Jack and Shakespeare are thrust into a life-or-death battle to save themselves—and those of thousands of innocent people.

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

Jack is a loyal husband and father, and all he is trying to do is provide for his family by working this part-time job at Festival Arena. His wife Pam is 8-9 months pregnant, has had to go back to work--and shows up at the Arena at the worst time possible, when all of the intel from Homeland is coming to a head.

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

 photo images_zps5f447091.jpegPerhaps Ryan Gosling as Jack Crittendon,




 photo images-1_zpsd99f46cd.jpegand Gwyneth Paltrow as his wife Pamela.




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

Currently reading Night Fall by Nelson DeMille. It is going pretty well and so far I would recommend it.

What are you working on now?

Right this minute I am in the middle of a bunch of deadlines with my freelance copywriting, which I do for corporations and colleges. My next book is about a man who has lost his wife, and his faith, because of a mass shooting incident in Portland.

Where else can readers find you online?

www.CrestonMapes.com
Twitter
Facebook


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




CBD.com
408172: Sky Zone, Crittendon Files Series #3


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

What is it about reading fiction that you enjoy so much?

I'm looking forward to hearing those responses! Personally, I love to dive into the psyche of another person (or multiple people) and go where they go, both physically and emotionally. 

Thanks, Creston, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Creston has offered to give a signed copy of his book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, July 10. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Creston'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 Winnie Griggs, 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, June 23, 2014

Winnie Griggs and Free Books!

 photo 16LSHmedium2_zps13efed5c.jpgA hopeful heiress and an unsociable schoolteacher literally bump into each other in the middle of a backwoods forest and the next two days change the course of both their lives.

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Saving Amelie, by Cathy Gohlke, is:

sharyhauber@ . . .

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 Winnie Griggs, author of Lone Star Heiress (Love Inspired Historical, June 2014).

 photo PhotoWGHAN_zps81f87470.jpgWinnie Griggs is the author of Historical (and occasionally Contemporary) romances that focus on Small Towns, Big Hearts, Amazing Grace. She is also a list maker, a lover of dragonflies and holds an advanced degree in the art of procrastination.

On a fun note - having been born on a Friday the 13th, Winnie has always considered 13 her lucky number. This belief was recently reinforced when her 13th book, Handpicked Husband, won a Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award in - what else - 2013.

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

-- I love to visit flea markets and estate sales.

-- I am the mother of a set of identical twins.

-- I once had a pet squirrel.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Lone Star Heiress.

 photo 16LSHmedium2_zps13efed5c.jpgIvy Feagan's trip to Turnabout Texas seems plagued by mishaps. First her mule turns up lame and then she falls and injures herself. She finds herself with no choice but to trust the imposingly large man who comes to her rescue.

Mitch Parker, who sees his longed-for solitary vacation slipping away, takes her to the only shelter within 15 miles, an isolated backwoods cabin. Mitch is a widower and schoolteacher who has very good reason to keep his emotions in check. But the chatty, unconventional, eternally optimistic Ivy is quickly getting under his skin. When he learns she’s heading to Turnabout to claim a desperately needed inheritance, he can’t help but offer to assist her.

When word gets out about their two day sojourn at the isolated cabin, however, Mitch gallantly offers to do the right thing. But Ivy, whose reputation has already taken an undeserved hit once, is determined to only marry for love.

Can Mitch get past the guilt he’s carrying over his first wife’s death to open his heart to new love?

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

With Ivy - it’s her deep faith and eternal optimism despite the trials she’s had to face.

With Mitch - it’s his willingness to help those in need, regardless of the impact it has on him.

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

 photo images-1_zps2e55887c.jpegWhen I was writing this story for the role of Ivy Feagan, I pictured Karen Allen as she was in the first Indiana Jones movie.





 photo images_zps658cb7e6.jpegAnd for Mitch Parker, I pictured a young Kevin Sorbo.



Many readers enjoy seasonally set novels. They read beach novels in the summer and Christmas novels in December. If you’ve written such seasonally-set novels, what are they? 

I’ve written three novels with Christmas themes: The Christmas Journey (Oct 2009), A Family For Christmas (Oct 2013) and Her Holiday Family (Nov 2014) I’ve also written one novella with a Thanksgiving theme - Home For Thanksgiving (Oct 2011).

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

I’m waaaayyy behind on my reading. The last dozen or so titles I’ve read have been as a contest judge. Before that, I guess it would be Renee Ryan’s The Outlaw's Redemption. It’s a book rich with emotion and finely drawn characters. The way hero Hunter Mitchell, the reformed outlaw of the title, reacts to the knowledge that he has a heretofore unknown nine year old daughter being raised in an orphanage is both heart warming and heart-melting.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on the sixth book that will be set in the fictional town of Turnabout, Texas. This one will feature Verity Leggett, the town doctor’s niece who is afraid to reach out and take chances. The hero is Elliott Cooper, a man who is new to town and who has a dark past dogging him. These two are going to experience a lot of ups and downs before reaching their HEA.

Where else can readers find you online?

I love to connect with readers! My website is www.winniegriggs.com. You can also find me on (Facebook). Email me at winnie@winniegriggs.com.

I usually create a Pinterest board to capture images for main and important secondary characters as well as places and objects that will play a role in my book. You can see the board I used as inspiration for Lone Star Heiress at Pinterest



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




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282661: Lone Star Heiress


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

When I wrote the first book in my Texas Grooms series I had envisioned it as a four book series. I am now working on book six and I have plans to write at least four more set in that same story world. So my question is, how do you feel about ongoing series? Is there a point where you get tired of them? And what do you think makes a series succeed or fail? (Ok, that’s technically 3 questions, so don’t feel like you need to answer them all - just weigh in on what aspect of connected books you like and don’t like).

How fun that the series has extended so far!

Thanks, Winnie, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Winnie has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, June 30. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Winnie'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 Kimberly Rose Johnson, 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, June 16, 2014

Cathy Gohlke and Free Books!

 photo Saving-Amelie-Book-Cover-250x374_zpsba03cf9a.jpg Rachel Kramer, daughter of an eminent Long Island eugenics scientist, confronts her own pride and sense of superiority to rescue a deaf child from elimination at the hands of the Nazis.

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Of the Persecuted, by Angie Brashear, is:

jrs362@ . . .

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 Cathy Gohlke, author of Saving Amelie (Tyndale House Publishers, June 2014).

 photo Author-Photo_zps06737ab6.jpgCathy Gohlke is the best selling, two-time Christy Award winning author of Saving Amelie, Band of Sisters, Promise Me This, I Have Seen Him in the Watchfires, and William Henry is a Fine Name. She’s won the Carol Award and twice earned Library Journal’s highest distinction.

She and her husband have lived thirty-two years in Elkton, MD, but are finding the draw of their new granddaughter in Northern Virginia irresistible. They’ve been frequenting the railroad and interstates, but hope to find a longer term home in Virginia by fall.

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

--I’m thrilled to be a grandma for the first time!

--I’ve just returned from a wonderfully exciting research trip to England with friend and sister-author Carrie Turanksy, and from the Highlands of Scotland with a tour guided by Liz Curtis Higgs—both absolutely fascinating!

--I love Irish music and songs from WWI and WWII.

I enjoyed the Facebook posts about your trip to England and Scotland, Cathy! I'm looking forward to whatever new novels come from your research efforts.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Saving Amelie.

 photo Saving-Amelie-Book-Cover-250x374_zpsba03cf9a.jpgSummer, 1939 . . .

Rachel Kramer is visiting Germany when a cryptic letter from her estranged friend, begging Rachel for help, upends her world. Married to SS officer Gerhardt Schlick, Kristine sees the dark tides turning and fears her husband views their daughter—deaf since birth—as a blight on his Aryan bloodline. Once courted by Schlick, Rachel knows he’s as dangerous as the swastikas that hang like ebony spiders across Berlin. She fears her father, an eminent eugenics scientist, may know about Hitler’s plans for others, like Amelie, whom the regime deems unworthy of life.

But when she risks searching his classified documents, she also uncovers shocking secrets about her own history and a family she’s never known.

Hunted by the SS, Rachel turns to Jason Young, a driven American journalist whose connections to the resistance help Rachel and Amelie escape the city. Forced to hide in the Bavarian village of the Passion Play, Rachel’s every ideal is challenged as she and Jason risk their lives—and ask others to do the same—for those they barely know but come to love.

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

Striking Rachel Kramer craves the love of family while determined to escape the overbearing scrutiny of her adoptive father. She struggles with her own sense of pride and superiority but is desperate to save little Amelie, deaf since birth. Like most of us, she’s a compelling mixture of kindness and prickles, strength and weakness.

Jason Young, handsome, disarming and driven American journalist, is a crusader on a mission, but with a soft heart for Amelie and an appreciative eye for the beautiful Rachel Kramer.

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

 photo Unknown_zps60467541.jpegKatherine Heigl would make the perfect Rachel Kramer.





 photo images_zps0cc9b2c5.jpegJames Marsden might capture the role of Jason Young.





Many readers enjoy seasonally set novels. They read beach novels in the summer and Christmas novels in December. If you’ve written such seasonally-set novels, what are they? Or if you were asked to write such a novel, what season would you choose, and why?

I’ve always wanted to write a Christmas novel. So far, in every novel I’ve included a Christmas scene. I love the wonder and holiness, the absolute magic of Christmas. It’s a time of reverence and awe for the birth of our Lord, a time of cheer and goodwill among neighbors, and holds that “anything can happen” delight that we pull from childhood. Those are wonderful elements for a story.

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

I recently read Melanie Dobson’s new novel, Chateau of Secrets, for endorsement. Just my cup of tea, this book felt like a distant relative of the one I’m writing! Chateau of Secrets is the story of a courageous young Frenchwoman and her brother who risk their lives helping to hide French resistance fighters during WWII. Her granddaughter visits the family chateau seventy years later and discovers secrets kept all those years by family and locals.

What are you working on now?

I’m excited to be working on my first time-split novel: Upon the death of her mother, a young North Carolina teacher discovers family in Germany—including a Nazi grandfather grown wealthy through war crimes. In her attempt to unravel the past and gain information about the mother she never understood, Hannah works closely with a young German regretful of his own family’s war deeds—or lack of good deeds. Together, they find themselves struggling through a murky past while seeking to redeem her grandfather’s wrongs. Told alternately from the daughter’s (Hannah’s) viewpoint in the 1970s and her mother’s viewpoint as a young woman in the 1940s, Into the Valley of Secrets (working title) is a daring quest for answers and redemption.

Exciting premise as always.

Where else can readers find you online?

www.cathygohlke.com and on Facebook @ CathyGohlkeBooks

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




CBD.com
383224: Saving Amelie


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

If you could be a hero/heroine in a novel, who would you be, in what novel, and why?

Thanks, Cathy, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Cathy has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, June 23. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Cathy'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 Kimberly Rose Johnson, 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, June 12, 2014

Kimberly Rose Johnson and Free Books!

 photo Unknown_zps9e22d2da.jpegWhen Susan Hill’s first love returns to Leavenworth, the ruggedly handsome writer evokes conflicting emotions, especially when she meets the child she assumes is his daughter.

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of A Place in His Heart, by Rebecca DeMarino, is:

lstmyers@ . . .

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 Kimberly Rose Johnson, author of A Romance Rekindled (Heartsong Presents, June 2014).

 photo Kimberly_zps82e89b08.jpgKimberly lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband of 23 years and their two teen age sons. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and loves reading and writing contemporary romance.

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

-- I took ballet lessons until my junior year in high school.

-- My favorite berry is raspberries.

-- As a teenager I was invited to sing the national anthem at a large local event, but I was too scared and declined.

Ah, those missed opportunities. I suppose we all have those in our lives! I try to embrace the belief that it wasn't in God's plan for me. Keeps me from regretting my hesitations.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of A Romance Rekindled.

 photo Unknown_zps9e22d2da.jpegSusan Hill isn’t ready to forgive.

The small-town CPA can't forget how Blake Mitchell jilted her and left their hometown without an explanation. But when her first love returns to Leavenworth, the ruggedly handsome writer evokes conflicting emotions, especially when Susan meets the child she assumes is his daughter.

Since his parents' deaths six years ago, Blake's been raising his little sister on his own. But he's never forgotten the woman he left behind. Now, he can't undo the past, but maybe he can change the future…if he can convince Susan to give him one more chance.

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

Both Susan and Blake have hurts that they need to overcome, which I think we can all relate to. And they are devoted to the people they love.

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

 photo celebmom-tina-fey-cover-1109-4-1109-de-17782708_zps507b3b2a.jpgI imagine Meghan looking like a young Tina Fey,




 photo images_zps9a751d23.jpegbut if I had to cast her role I’d cast Anna Kendrick.



 photo Unknown-1_zpsc6cd1db8.jpegFor Blake I’d consider David Walton, but he’s a bit too old,




 photo images-1_zpsaa21c7e1.jpegor maybe Zac Effron.




Many readers enjoy seasonally set novels. They read beach novels in the summer and Christmas novels in December. If you’ve written such seasonally-set novels, what are they? Or if you were asked to write such a novel, what season would you choose, and why?

A Romance Rekindled is set in the summer months. The first book in the series A Christmas Promise is set at Christmas time. ☺ Each book stands alone, but have connecting characters and setting.

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

One Choice by Ginger Solomon. I enjoyed it because it was different from anything I’d ever read and I loved the setting.

What are you working on now?

I’m currently writing a Valentine’s Day book set to release in March. Readers who subscribe to Heartsong Presents book will receive it in February.

Where else can readers find you online?

Links from my website will take you to my social networking sites. kimberlyrjohnson.com

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




CBD.com
487158: A Romance Rekindled


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

In A Romance Rekindled, Susan struggles with trust. Does trusting come easy for you?

Thanks, Kimberly, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Kimberly has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, June 26. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Kimberly'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 Angie Brashear, 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, June 9, 2014

Angie Brashear and Free Books!

 photo OfthePersecutedebookcover_zps2d325ed3.jpgLaila Pennedy awaits death by hanging. And she deserves to die.

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Blind Trust, by Sandra Orchard, is:

mo1202007@ . . .

and the winner of the signed copy of Daisies are Forever, by Liz Tolsma, is:

krieg.tracey@ . . .

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 Angie Brashear, author of Of the Persecuted (4:13 Publishing, May 2014).

 photo AngieBrashear-Headshot2_zps18401caa.jpgWhen Angie Brashear isn’t working or taking care of her family, she writes. Usually at night after her kids fall asleep. She’s a fan of speculative fiction and an avid runner, both of which perplex her nonfiction-reading, football-loving husband.

Saved in her early twenties, Angie is grateful for the Lord’s presence in all aspects of her life. She is originally from Rockland, Maine and currently resides in Cameron, Texas with her husband and three children.

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

--I ran the Boston Marathon in 2000.

--My second son was born on December 25, 2003. He’s the best Christmas present I’ve ever received.

--When the proof for my debut novel arrived via UPS, I wouldn’t let the UPS representative leave my porch until we examined the cover together. He said, “Oh, look at that. Your name is on the front cover.” I’m still smiling.

What a sweet story, Angie. 

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Of the Persecuted.

 photo OfthePersecutedebookcover_zps2d325ed3.jpg Laila Pennedy awaits death by hanging. For the Rendow Clan rules the Woodlands Region, aiming to slaughter the Faithful. And she deserves to die. But Lars Landre, the man destined to lead the Faithful out of persecution, has other plans hidden behind his rare and mysterious blue eyes. Rescue.

Following the daring escape, Laila seeks the path of a warrior and vows revenge against the Rendow Clan. She embarks on a dangerous journey with Lars, one in which they endeavor to reach the promised safety of a magical village, to train for battle, and to ultimately assure freedom for those with faith in the Maker.

Clashes of weapons and souls. Brutal loss of lives. Unrequited love. How in all the Woodlands will Laila survive?

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

Laila Pennedy is vulnerable. She’s an insecure girl who believes she is no more than a burden to the people she loves. But in the midst of physical and spiritual war, and through the loss of loved ones, as well as the turmoil of unrequited love, she discovers her true worth lies in her faith. I believe all Christians have experienced moments of vulnerability in which we’re ultimately reminded that only the Lord delivers true security.

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

 photo images_zps4cb8c8c9.jpegWow. Very tough question. I have such clear images of my lead male and female protagonists, that it makes it difficult for any actors and actresses to compare. But, Steven R. McQueen as Lars Landre



 photo images-1_zps6aff2b9f.jpegand Ashley Benson as Laila Pennedy come quite close. Though they are both a little older than Lars and Laila, Steven’s and Ashley’s appearances reflect the overall look I imagine for my leads.


Many readers enjoy seasonally set novels. They read beach novels in the summer and Christmas novels in December. If you’ve written such seasonally-set novels, what are they? Or if you were asked to write such a novel, what season would you choose, and why?

I have not written a seasonally-set novel, though the backdrop for Of the Persecuted is summer. If I did write a seasonally-set novel, I’d choose autumn. I’m originally from Rockland, Maine and there is very little scenic beauty that compares to the fall foliage in New England, in my opinion.

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

I recently read Mortis by Hannah Cobb. Hannah’s debut novel surrounds Jane, a young assassin, who must choose between a life of darkness and betraying all she’s ever known. I recommend Mortis for the same reason I wrote Of the Persecuted – the main character’s journey has the potential to reach nonbelievers.

What are you working on now?

In the midst of activities surrounding the release of Of the Persecuted, I’m also working on the sequel, Legends of the Woodlands: Book Two, which is currently untitled. While Book One focuses on persecution, Book Two will focus on forgiveness. I’m only about one-third of the way finished, so I have a lot of work ahead of me.

Where else can readers find you online?

angiebrashear.com
Twitter
My Facebook page is the best way to stay tuned for updates regarding the release of my debut novel.

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





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

In Of the Persecuted, my characters face physical persecution for their beliefs. But people of faith also face persecution in subtle ways. In what ways have you witnessed such persecution? As Christians, how can our responses glorify God?

Thanks, Angie, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Angie has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, June 16. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Angie'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 Hannah Alexander and Rebecca DeMarino, 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, June 5, 2014

Rebecca DeMarino and Free Books!

 photo APlaceinHisHeartX_zpse440298b.jpgWidower Barnabas Horton, a Purtitan baker and Mary Langton, an Anglican maiden, marry and sail to Long Island in the mid-1600s to establish a life--and a legacy--in the New World.

Today we're meeting novelist Rebecca DeMarino, author of A Place in His Heart (Revell, June 2014).

 photo Demarino-29_zps125d68ca.jpgRebecca DeMarino lives in the Pacific Northwest and enjoys hiking, baking, travel, genealogy, and gardening. Her debut novel, A Place in His Heart, is a historical romance inspired by her ninth great-grandparents and is book one of The Southold Chronicles.

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

-- I love to sing every song I’ve ever known to my husband on long drives to keep him awake – which it does because he can’t stop laughing.

-- I love walking on the beach at dawn.

-- I bake my gramma’s yummy apple pie, but I learned the secret to really tender crusts from my mom.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of A Place in His Heart.

 photo APlaceinHisHeartX_zpse440298b.jpgAnglican Mary Langton longs to marry for love. Left at the altar and disgraced in her small hamlet, she is being pressured to marry the eligible son of the London milliner.

Puritan Barnabas Horton still grieves the loss of his beloved wife, but he knows his two young sons need a mother. With tender hearts, Mary and Barnabas take a leap of faith and wed.

But when Barnabas’s secret plans to move his family to the New World to escape persecution come to light, Mary’s world is upended. How could she possibly leave her Papa and her dear sister? And will she ever reach the secret places of her husband’s broken heart?

What is it about Mary and Barnabas that will make your readers care about them?

Readers will love Mary right away because of her passion and how she loves with her whole heart.

Barnabas, my hero, tries one’s patience. But I think readers will identify with lashing out and saying things we regret out of pain. And the loveable thing about Barnabas is he tries very hard to recognize when he’s been harsh and apologizes.

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

 photo Henry-Cavill-7_zpsc0333883.jpgOh so easy. Henry Cavill would play Barnabas (I also have a nephew who looks incredibly like Barnabas)



 photo images_zps4f571ef3.jpegand Amy Adams would play Mary. Honest. Even before I saw them together in Superman.



And it would be nice to see them in a more historical setting together, too.

Many readers enjoy seasonally set novels. They read beach novels in the summer and Christmas novels in December. If you’ve written such seasonally-set novels, what are they? Or if you were asked to write such a novel, what season would you choose, and why?

I would choose autumn. And although my novel was set over a period of ten years, I found myself writing fall scenes as often as I could. I love the fall for the beautiful colors, the crispness in the air, the feel of a favorite sweater, and snuggling up next to the fireplace with a good book.

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

I’ve read a lot of really good novels recently, but the latest one that I would recommend would be Karen Barnett’s Out of the Ruins. I found the setting intriguing – turn of the century San Francisco – and I love how Karen has rich historical detail into which she weaves a beautiful love story!

What are you working on now?

I’m getting ready to turn in book #2 for The Southold Chronicles. It takes the Hortons up a generation: Joseph and Benjamin are all grown up. Then I’ll take a couple of months off for some travel and research. Then I’ll be starting book #3 of the series.

Where else can readers find you online?

I can be found at www.rebeccademarino.com, Facebook, Pinterest, and www.google.com/+RebeccaDeMarino


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

What is it about a novel that will make it linger in your mind, in your heart?

Thanks, Rebecca, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Rebecca has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, June 12. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Rebecca'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.

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Hannah Alexander and Free Books!

 photo Unknown-2_zps3f5ebd53.jpeg When Dr. Joy Gilbert rejects the advances of her employer he fires her, forcing her to return to another state to seek employment with her former fiancé, unaware that his teenaged daughter has hitched a ride in the back of Joy’s car.

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Wynn in the Willows, by Robin Shope, is:

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And now let's revisit with novelist Hannah Alexander, author of Hallowed Halls (H.A. Publishing under the imprint of Jerry Jenkins Select, May 2014).

 photo IMG_3117_zpsa0690bea.jpgHannah Alexander’s works include 28 published novels, two of which are being released back-to-back, one in May and one in June. They are, respectively, Hallowed Halls and Collateral Damage.

Hannah has won multiple awards, including the Christy, three Holt Medallions, the Reader’s Choice, and has been named as one of top five Christian novelists of the year by Library Journal.

Her books always include romance, some sort of medical drama, suspense, small-town charm, and often animals and teenagers of the loveable variety. She always prefers happy endings, both in her reading and her writing, but she was often praised by one of her editors for finding the most interesting ways to kill a victim…so beware.

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

--After being a dog lover all my life, I am now a cat person. Go figure!

--I have been known to “recognize” a character from one of my books while walking down the street. Freaky.

--This novel is my first self-published novel, but I’m not working on it alone. The other novelists also publishing under the imprint of Jerry Jenkins Select are Angela Hunt, Brandilyn Collins, Bill Myers and Sammy Tippit.

I'd be very interested (as many of my writing readers would, I'm sure) to hear how the affiliation with Jerry Jenkins works out!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Hallowed Halls.

 photo Unknown-2_zps3f5ebd53.jpegDr. Joy Gilbert has discovered she hates working in a busy practice in a crowded big city, after being raised by her single mother in the small town of Juliet. She left last year, broken-hearted, after her fiancé, Zack, ended their engagement without explanation. Now that she’s back, she needs a job, and as director of the emergency department in Juliet, Zack needs help, so he hires her.

What Joy did not expect was for Tressa, the teenaged daughter of her angry former employer, to sneak into the back of her car and hitch a ride over the state line. While Zack and Joy are working through a tangle of past anger and hurt feelings, Joy must work things out with Tressa’s divorced parents while staying in the home of her mother, who takes in stray animals—she has 27 cats, a miniature horse, three dogs, a goat…need I go on?

When Tressa begins to have increasingly dangerous blackouts, just like her brother before he died, Joy and Zack must try to put their differences aside and figure out what’s happening with Tressa before she loses her life, as well.

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

Joy Gilbert is passionate about caring for her patients, and one of the reasons she was fired by her employer, besides her resistance to his physical charms, was her tendency to take on pro bono cases—treating patients without charging them when they can’t afford to pay. Like her mother, she takes in the unwanted, the lost, the hurting.

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

 photo images_zpsb487910b.jpegI believe I would like to cast Criminal Minds’ Spencer Reid, genius extraordinaire, as Zack, though I’d have to fix his hair to fit the part. Zack is a genius.



 photo Unknown-1_zps26936794.jpegIf you’ve ever watched NCIS and seen Ziva David in action, I think you would see some of the fire and passion I see in Joy Gilbert, though Joy has a more tender touch.

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

I used to attend brainstorming retreats at least once or twice a year in the early years of publication, but I’ve found in the past few years that I have my own story to tell, and others can confuse me. Even my husband, who works with me on the stories, can’t see my vision when I first see my story, so I have to go it alone.

I have to say I identify with that, Hannah. My right hemisphere seems to be a loner, too. But when brainstorming has happened rather casually, it's helped a bit.

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

I’m presently reading Insight by Deborah Raney, and I feel as if I’m reading it for the second time because I was with a brainstorming team when she developed that novel. It has an excellent flow and a beautiful love story, but she does what a great novelist is supposed to do, and makes her characters suffer.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on the sequel to Hallowed Halls, tentatively titled Divine Appointment, about a therapist who arrives in Juliet in a fugue state, and is forced to unravel the mystery of why she is there.

Where else can readers find you online?

www.HannahAlexander.com.

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

What situations in your life have made you depend more fully on God’s provision?

Thanks, Hannah, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Hannah has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, June 12. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Hannah'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 Liz Tolsma and Sandra Orchard, 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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