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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, July 31, 2014

Teresa Pollard and Free Books!

 photo Unknown_zps2c208d7c.jpegExperience a vivid imagining of the love story of Tamar and Judah based on Genesis 38.

Today we're chatting with novelist Teresa Pollard, author of Tokens of Promise (HopeSprings Books, June 2015).

 photo FBHeadshotforbooks-FB_zpsf3a4d8b0.jpgTeresa was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia. She spent most of her life as a wife, mom and grandma.

Although she received a Master’s degree in English and Creative Writing in 1989, her first novel wasn’t published until 2013.

In 2007, her life changed dramatically. Her marriage of almost 40 years disintegrated, and her youngest daughter died from cervical cancer. But God is still in control. He has brought her through it, and given her another grandchild to help raise in Dacula, GA.

I'm so sorry about your hardships in life, Teresa. So difficult.

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

--People say I’m young at heart because I like to walk or hike up mountains chasing waterfalls with my friend Krystal.

--I love red. I wear a lot of it.

--I also love hats. At church, some people call me the hat lady.

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

 photo Unknown_zps2c208d7c.jpegWhen Tamar is rescued from a wicked slave trader by Judah, the handsome prince of Hebron, she immediately falls for him and he’s attracted to her also, but he has a wife, and has vowed to have no other, so instead he marries her off first to his evil son Er.

Then when Yah slays Er, he marries her to his second mentally deficient son Onan. Yah also slays Onan.

So Tamar is sent home in disgrace to her family to await Judah’s third son’s coming of age. When that time passes, Shelah (the third son) comes up with a plan to make his father do the right thing by Tamar, but will that plan cost Tamar her life?

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

She’s naive and fears the God of Israel, but also gutsy and determined to fulfill the destiny she believes Yah has ordained for her.

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

 photo Unknown-1_zps7853bbde.jpegI pulled up images and a beautiful young model by the name of Amina Sheikh was exactly what I thought Tamar would look like.




 photo images_zpsc9a018d5.jpegI think Dean Cain might be my idea of Judah.




Sometimes a writer’s imagination can be triggered with word mapping. If I give you the word challenge, what three words first come to mind, and how would you word a sentence (or 2, if needed) using all four words?

Meet, beat, or overcome. I can meet, beat, or overcome any challenge I need to in order to do what God has set before me to do.

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

My favorite book I’ve read recently was Jeremiah Peters’ A Message to Deliver. It’s a fantasy novel about a girl who comes back to earth from heaven with a message to deliver. Only problem—she doesn’t remember who she’s supposed to deliver it to, so she starts telling everyone she meets, “Jesus loves you, and He forgives you.” This novel is so beautiful, it had me in tears.

What are you working on now?

I have two novels due out in 2015. Not Ashamed, written with Candi Pullen is due in July. It’s the sequel to Not Guilty, and is the story of Charity Wright who comes home at eighteen to confront her biological father and gets caught up in a murder mystery.

The second, due in October, is called Woman of Light. It’s a story of Deborah based on Judges 4 & 5. I’m just starting the editing process on it.

Where else can readers find you online?

www.teresapollardwrites.com

Like and follow me on Facebook, and I’m also starting a new blog Teresa Talks the Taboo: Applying God’s Word in an ungodly world. I want to talk Truth about all the things most Christian writers don’t talk about: rape, abortion, depression, suicide, etc. I don’t know the URL for it yet because we’re still designing it, but look for it and come join the discussion.

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

Do you know my Jesus? If not, can I invite you to know Him? He’s an amazing Savior!

Thanks, Teresa, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Teresa has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, August 7. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Teresa'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 Kelly Irvin, 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, July 28, 2014

Kelly Irvin and Free Books!

 photo PlainLoveSongA_zps8a01f504.jpgIf Adah Knepp, a young Amish girl, pursues her dream of being a musician all the way to the music capital of Branson, Missouri, will she find happiness or lose everything that’s important to her?

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of The Best Man's Secret, by Gail Sattler, is:

pumpkinbabjane@ . . .

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 chat with novelist Kelly Irvin, author of A Plain Love Song (Harvest House Publishing, July 2014).

 photo KellyFinal1_zpsd1619671.jpgKelly Irvin is the author of the Bliss Creek Amish series and the New Hope Amish series, both from Harvest Housing Publishing. The Beekeeper’s Son, her first novel in the Amish of Bee County series from Zondervan/HarperCollins will debut in January 2015. She has also penned two inspirational romantic suspense novels, A Deadly Wilderness and No Child of Mine.

The Kansas native is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Journalism. She has been writing nonfiction professionally for thirty years, including ten years as a newspaper reporter. She has worked in public relations for the City of San Antonio for twenty years.

Kelly is married to photographer Tim Irvin. They have two young adult children, a new granddaughter, two cats, and a tank full of fish. In her spare time, she likes to write short stories and read books by her favorite authors.

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

--I became a grandma for the first time last September.

--I’m originally from Abilene, Kansas, hometown of Dwight D. Eisenhower and the greyhound capital of the world.

--I hate sweet potatoes unless they’re in pie.

Congrats on your new Grandma status!! It's a fantastic club to join, isn't it?

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of A Plain Love Song.

 photo PlainLoveSongA_zps8a01f504.jpgAdah Knepp wants nothing more than to make music. It’s all she’s ever desired—to sing and play the guitar and write her own songs. That’s a dream that will never come true in the confines of her strict Amish community. But then she meets Jackson Hart, and suddenly she sees the chance for a different kind of life…a real stage, a real guitar, and a real opportunity to sing her songs to a real audience!

But pursuing her dreams means turning her back on her faith, her family, and her community—and saying goodbye to Matthew, the gentle Amish farmer she can’t get out of her mind. Is it worth giving up the only home she’s ever known to pursue her dreams?

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

Everyone has dreams. Adah’s dream of writing songs and playing them is one many people have. Because of the life into which she was born, she tries to ignore that dream. I think readers will empathize with her struggle to do what she believes is right, knowing that it means she’ll never have that dream.

Jackson Hart is a young man with a good heart who believes in what he’s doing. He’s passionate, he loves Adah, and he’s a cute cowboy who plays the guitar and sings.

How can she resist? I think my female readers will be just as conflicted as Adah about what path she should take.

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

 photo images_zps8ec260d3.jpegClaire Bowen (Scarlett from the TV show Nashville) would play Adah. She’s perfect because she’s both an actress and a gifted singer.




 photo Unknown_zps5dce3626.jpegIf Brad Paisley, the country music singer who does some acting, were younger, I’d have him play Jackson Hart.




 photo Unknown-2_zps45bf845c.jpegZach Gilford (Matt Sorenson, Friday Night Lights) would be perfect for Matthew, again if he were younger.



Sometimes a writer’s imagination can be triggered with word mapping. If I give you the word challenge, what three words first come to mind, and how would you word a sentence (or 2, if needed) using all four words.

Challenge. Obstacle. Overcome. Persistence. Prayer.

Everyone has challenges in their lives. The key to overcoming these obstacles is persistent prayer.

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

All for a Story This Christy-nominated book by Allison Pittman is a historical novel filled with memorable characters. Allison has a beautiful, lyrical style of writing and she doesn’t let her characters take the easy way out.

All for a Story, set in the Roaring Twenties, is about a gossip writer named Monica Bisbane, who frequents speakeasies in Washington, D.C., for fodder for her column. The story unfolds around what happens when the former editor-in-chief of evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson’s magazine inherits the tabloid newspaper for which Monica works and decides it should contain positive, uplifting stories. They’re oil and water, fire and ice, and the sparks fly.

What are you working on now?

I’ve finished the first draft of the second book in the Amish of Bee County series I’m writing for Zondervan/HarperCollins. The working title is The Bishop’s Son. I’ll pause shortly to do the line edits for the first book, The Beekeeper’s Son, which comes out in January 2015. This series is based on a small Amish district in South Texas, the only one in the state of Texas. The Amish families living there moved to Texas from Tennessee more than 20 years ago. It’s a tough place to make a living from farming because of the lack of rain and rocky soil. The first book explores how the world’s view of beauty is different from what God sees as beautiful.

Where else can readers find you on-line?

www.kellyirvin.com
Facebook
Twitter: @Kelly_S_Irvin

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

If an author you regularly read because you like their writing decides to try a new genre, would you follow him or her? Or are you a genre specific reader?

Thanks, Kelly, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Kelly has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, August 7. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Kelly's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

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

Annoying legal disclaimer: drawings void where prohibited; open only to U.S. residents; the odds of winning depend upon the number of participants. See full disclaimer HERE.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Gail Sattler and Free Books!

 photo TheBestMansSecret-cover_zps9f1e96d2.jpgAfter preventing a bank robber from stealing his money, will Dave be able to stop Ashley from stealing his heart?

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Critical Diagnosis, by Alison Stone, is:

jenabrams5(@ . . .

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 chat with novelist Gail Sattler, author of The Best Man’s Secret (Harlequin Heartsong, July 2014).

 photo GailSattler-jazzphoto_zpscc87dd34.jpg Gail Sattler lives in Vancouver, BC, where you don’t have to shovel rain, with her husband, 3 sons, 2 dogs, and 1 lizard, who is quite cuddly for a reptile.

When she’ s not writing Gail plays electric bass for a local jazz band, and acoustic bass for a community orchestra. In her spare time (yeah, right) Gail likes to spend time with a cup of hot coffee and a book written by someone else.

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

-- I'm attempting to learn to play cello.

-- The last thing I knitted was a sweater for my dog.

-- I've never been to Jack In The Box (they don’t have Jack In The Box in Canada).

Huh. Until you mentioned that, I hadn't realized we no longer seem to have them in the D.C. area either. I have fond memories of very late night stops there in my youth, eating tiny, limp tacos that were  so greasy I would probably gag at them now.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of The Best Man's Secret.

 photo TheBestMansSecret-cover_zps9f1e96d2.jpgOvercome by guilt, Dave puts his life aside to help Ashley after she’s injured during a bank robbery. He doesn’t want to fall in love with her because he holds a secret he cannot share – because knowing what he cannot share will be the difference for her to love him, or leave him. Can he take the risk?

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

While Dave is brave on the outside, he is scared on the inside, and he can’t tell Ashley why until he has no choice.

Sometimes a writer’s imagination can be triggered with word mapping. If I give you the word challenge, what three words first come to mind, and how would you word a sentence (or 2, if needed) using all four words?

Victory, Contest, and Rise

Dave needed to rise to the challenge, so he could have his victory of the contest.

I think you're the first author this month who related the sentence to the featured novel!

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

Christmas Love at Lake Tahoe, a novella collection by Lena Nelson Doole, Jeannie Smith Cash, Jean Kincaid, and Jeri Odell. I’d recommend it because I enjoyed the collection, I like sweet stories.

What are you working on now?

The 3rd book in my Best Man series, The Best Man’s Secret is book one, and then coming out at Christmas is The Best Man’s Holiday Romance.

Where else can readers find you online?

My website at www.gailsattler.com and on Facebook.

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

Where do you go to read a book you just can’t put down, and why?

Thanks, Gail, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Gail has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, July 28. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Gail's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

Be sure to check out my interview with Ann Gabhart, 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, July 17, 2014

Ann Gabhart and Free Books!

 photo annLoveComesHome_zps82411e22.jpgWith WW II finally over and the boys coming home, the Merritt sisters are ready to pursue the plans put on hold by the war, but even in little town like Rosey Corner, peacetime life can hold challenges.

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Guzzy Goofball and the Homeschool Play from Outer Space, by Susan Lyttek, is:

lnhoog@ . . .

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 chat with novelist Ann Gabhart, author of Love Comes Home (Revell Books, July 2014).

 photo ann_zps8f4edd49.jpg Ann H. Gabhart, the author of several bestselling novels, has been called a storyteller, not a bad thing for somebody who never wanted to do anything but write down stories. She’s published over twenty-five books for adults and young adults with more on the way.

Scent of Lilacs, her first Heart of Hollyhill book, was a Booklist Top Ten Christian Fiction Book. The Outsider, the novel that began her Shaker series, was a finalist for Christian Fiction Book of 2009.

A starred review for Love Comes Home in Publishers’ Weekly says “…a novel tailor made for book clubs that can be treasured and shared with all who appreciate the beauty of love and family...”

Ann keeps her keyboard warm out on a farm in Kentucky where she lives with her husband, Darrell. They have three children and nine grandchildren.

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

--My grandfather was a blacksmith just like Victor in my Rosey Corner books.

--Every day, I take a walk on our farm with my dog, Oscar, and sometimes the neighbor dogs, Roxie, a St. Bernard, and PJ and Jake, two Heinz 57 dogs, go with us too.

--The Rosey Corner stories were inspired by my mother’s stories about growing up in the 1930’s. Now I’m walking the hard path of dementia with Mom as the disease has stolen all her wonderful life memories.

Heartbreaking, Ann. What a blessing that you captured so many of those memories in fiction.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Love Comes Home.

The people of Rosey Corner are celebrating the end of World War II. Everybody is ready to welcome the boys back home and get back to peacetime living.

Kate and her sisters can’t wait to step into the future they’ve only been able to dream about while the men were away at war. Kate is eager to start a family and live out her dream of happily ever after with Jay. Evangeline craves the kind of perfect life she’s read about in the women’s magazines. Victoria wants what can never be. Lorena is growing up and wondering more and more about her past.

But the shadow of the war lingers over them all as they face the challenges life throws at them. Each sister must learn to trust in the Lord’s guidance and strength as they share the joys and sorrows in their little corner of the world.

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

I have four viewpoint characters in Love Comes Home. Kate and Jay are beginning their life together after the war and facing some newlywed challenges even though they’ve been married for four years. I hope readers will also be rooting for Victoria to find happiness and for Clay who stole my heart as I got to know him in the story. He’s a good man who has many family obligations and wants so much to win the heart of the girl he loves. My Rosey Corner characters are like my own family and I hope they’ll feel like family to readers too.

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

 photo images_zps99ff2e93.jpegI would make a very poor casting director since I tend to spend my free time reading books instead of watching movies, so I wouldn’t know where to start getting actors and actresses. But with the help of Google, I’ve come up with a few possible candidates for the lead roles: Kiera Knightley for Kate (even though her eyes aren’t the right color),


 photo Unknown_zpse4b8a875.jpegIndia Eisley for Victoria,





 photo Unknown-1_zpsaaf9a32e.jpegBrady Corbet for Clay,





 photo Unknown-2_zpsa2966257.jpegand Andrew Kooman for Jay. Of course, Mr. Kooman is a writer and not an actor, but somehow I’ll talk him into taking the role. ☺


Sometimes a writer’s imagination can be triggered with word mapping. If I give you the word challenge, what three words first come to mind, and how would you word a sentence (or 2, if needed) using all four words?

Work. Excitement. Desire.

If you desire to meet the challenges of life and achieve your goals, you must work with excitement and perseverance.

I love seeing how differently this month's authors react to that exercise. You've taken a very encouraging tack.

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

Not long ago I read Love's Awakening by Laura Frantz. It’s the second in her Ballantyne Legacy series. I haven’t read, Love's Reckoning, the first book in the series yet, though I do hope to soon. That didn’t keep me from falling in love with the characters in this novel or being able to follow the story line. Laura’s story is very romantic and rich in history with characters that spring to life in your imagination. If you like romance mixed in with interesting history, this is a book you will enjoy.

That's definitely a component of a good series--the reader should be able to start in the middle and still enjoy it.

What are you working on now?

I went back to my Shaker village of Harmony Hill for a new story titled The Innocent. The story is set following the Civil War and has a mystery entwined with the story about my characters, Carlyn and Mitchell. The book is scheduled to be released July 2015.

Where else can readers find you online?

You can find out more about me or my books by visiting www.annhgabhart.com. I post twice a week on One Writer’s Journal, www.annhgabhart.blogspot.com with occasional giveaways, and then Jocie, my young character in my Heart of Hollyhill series, reports from Hollyhill in the Sixties every week at www.hollyhillbookofthestrange.blogspot.com. You can join the conversation on Facebook or Twitter, and I keep some boards going on Pinterest.

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

Trish tried to trigger my imagination with the word challenge. So now I’m using that word to get you talking. What challenging things have you done in your life or what challenging things are still on your bucket list to do someday? What attributes does a person need to meet the challenges in life?

Great questions, Ann! Thanks for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Ann has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, July 31. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Ann'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 Alison Stone, 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, July 14, 2014

Alison Stone and Free Books!

 photo CriticalDiagnosis_zps1f4a9782.jpgWhen Dr. Lily McAllister finds her life and research in jeopardy, she must rely on Army physician James O’Reilly to protect her or risk losing everything.

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Moon Over Maalaea Bay, by Harry Wegley, is:

lesamcc@ . . .

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 chat with novelist Alison Stone, author of Critical Diagnosis (Harlequin Love Inspired Suspense, July 2014).

 photo AlisonStone_zps4cedbc4b.jpgAlison Stone left Buffalo, New York and headed a thousand miles south to earn an industrial engineering degree at Georgia Tech in Hotlanta. Go Yellow Jackets! She loved the South, but true love brought her back North.

After the birth of her second child, Alison left Corporate America for full-time motherhood. She credits an advertisement for writing children's books for sparking her interest in writing. She never did complete a children's book, but she did have success writing articles for local publications before finding her true calling, writing romantic suspense.

Alison lives in Western New York with her husband of twenty years and their four children where the summers are absolutely gorgeous and the winters are perfect for curling up with a good book—or writing one.

Besides writing, Alison keeps busy volunteering at her children's schools, driving her girls to dance, and watching her boys race motocross.

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

-- I didn’t discover the joy of reading for pleasure until after I graduated from college.

-- I am addicted to Netflix. I am currently making my way through all the seasons of Bones.

-- I listen to books on tape when I exercise. I just finished The Goldfinch. I logged a lot of miles with that book.

It does make the walk and/or exercise more enjoyable, doesn't it, Alison? I often watch shows on my iPad while I'm on the treadmill now, and it makes me actually look forward to the experience.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Critical Diagnosis.

 photo CriticalDiagnosis_zps1f4a9782.jpgResearcher Dr. Lily McAllister has dedicated her life to finding a cure for a family disease and now, steps away from a promising new treatment, Lily is attacked. Only the training of army physician James O'Reilly can save her.

As the would-be CEO of his family's pharmaceutical company, James's secret dream is to reenlist. But he can't leave Lily with a bull's-eye on her back. Nor can he stay and stop her from pursuing her goal. No one can, including the stalker who shadows her every move. Still, James has lost too many people he's loved—and this time he refuses to lose Lily.

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

My lead character, Dr. Lily McAllister, has devoted her life to finding a cure for the disease that killed her mother and now afflicts her niece. I think readers will care about her because she’s smart, selfless and determined.

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

 photo images_zps65b31b52.jpegI wrote the hero with Ben Affleck in mind.




 photo images-1_zps1e77cce7.jpegI didn’t write the heroine with any actress in mind, but now that I think of it, Jennifer Garner would make a great Lily.




Sometimes a writer’s imagination can be triggered with word mapping. If I give you the word challenge, what three words first come to mind, and how would you word a sentence (or 2, if needed) using all four words?

Challenge: experience, death, painful

Life is filled with many challenges and painful experiences, including the death of a loved one.

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

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. This was a pick by my book club. That’s what I love about book clubs: you find books you might never have read. Without giving too much away, Me Before You explores the relationship between a young female caregiver and a powerful businessman who suddenly finds himself a quadriplegic after a tragic accident. The storyline is unique and the premise really made me think about things I take for granted.

That's what I love about book clubs, too, Alison. That, and knowing you'll have people with whom to discuss the book afterward. Such a pleasure.

What are you working on now?

I am working on copyedits for Plain Peril, my February 2015 release from Harlequin Love Inspired Suspense. It’s set in Amish country. I’m also plotting two other books that were recently contracted by Harlequin. One is set in a small town and involves drug dealing. The other is again set in Amish country. Apparently Amish stories are very hot right now.

Where else can readers find you online?

My website: www.AlisonStone.com
Twitter
Facebook
Goodreads



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




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446094: Critical Diagnosis


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

Have you ever read a book where the storyline, characters or something about the book haunted you for a long time? If so, what was it about the story that stayed with you?

Thanks, Alison, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Alison has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, July 21. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Alison's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

Be sure to check out my interview with Susan Lyttek, 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, July 10, 2014

Susan Lyttek and Free Books!

 photo GuzzyGoofballcover_zps08f62ded.jpgJust when Guzzy thought his summer was safe… Mom got a bright idea.

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Sky Zone, by Creston Mapes, is:

faithfulgirl4@ . . .

and the winner of the signed copy of Gathering Shadows, by Nancy Mehl, is:

tstam3@ . . .

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 Susan Lyttek, author of Guzzy Goofball and the Homeschool Play from Outer Space (Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, February 2014).

 photo susanbusiness_zps289e60ce.jpgSusan A. J. Lyttek, author of newly released kids’ comedy, Guzzy Goofball and the Homeschool Play from Outer Space and the cozy mystery Homeschooling Can Be Murder by Harbourlight Books, wife and homeschool mother of two teenage sons, writes early mornings in the shadow of our nation’s capital. She also enjoys training up the next generation of writers online through Write At Home, and by teaching middle and high school co-op classes.

Her mystery sequel Killer Field Trip will release August 2014.

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

--I earned a marksman ribbon with the M16 when I was in the Air Force.

--I was published first in kindergarten. My mom sent in my poem to the local paper.

--My hubby and I eloped in June and then had a church wedding in October. We kept the elopement a secret from most friends and family for seven years.

I want a picture of you with that M16, Susan!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Guzzy Goofball and the Homeschool Play from Outer Space.

 photo GuzzyGoofballcover_zps08f62ded.jpgI like summer. What kid doesn’t? But inevitably my mom gets some crazy idea that I need to be doing something constructive.

That’s what destroyed a perfectly good week in July. My mom and Mrs. Bartle ganged up on Shriek and me and convinced us we’d love some time with kids our age and away from our homeschools. We’d be in a drama co-op, no less, with other fourth to sixth graders. OK, that was bad enough.

But when I show up to discover I’m one of two guys amid a bunch of cackling girls… And they decide to put on a production of Sleeping Beauty and draft yours truly, Guzzy Guferntible, into the role of Prince Charming. Me, on stage, armed with a plastic sword? If that’s not a recipe for disaster, I don’t know what is.

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

Guzzy is an average kid who just happens to be homeschooled. He is a glass half-empty to mostly empty kind of person while his mom tends to see everything as light and happy. In other words, they’re opposites which makes for an interesting homeschool dynamic. He tends to get klutzy when he’s trying his hardest to do what’s right.

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

 photo Unknown_zps5ff43ad6.jpegGuzzy would look like Daryl Sabara when he was a kid in the first Spy Kids movie.




 photo images_zps0373acb3.jpegHis best friend Shriek looks like the girl from Polar Express.

Sometimes a writer’s imagination can be triggered with word mapping. If I give you the word challenge, what three words first come to mind, and how would you word a sentence (or 2, if needed) using all four words?

Obstacle, difficult, surmountable

The ideal character can overcome a difficult, yet surmountable obstacle.

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

Pals in Peril: Jasper Dash and the Flame-Pits of Delaware by M. T. Anderson. I haven’t laughed so hard and so much in a long time. So far, I heartily recommend this series for kids. In this episode we have our middle school heroes battling spies, dinosaurs, carnivores and avoiding the evil dictator… of Delaware.

What are you working on now? 

The edits for my third mystery, Plundered Christmas, as well as the second Guzzy story.

Where else can readers find you online?

www.NancyMehl.com


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

For some strange reason, I like books like the Pals in Peril series, Lemony Snicket, Hero: Second Class and other stories where authors violate the wall between author and reader and make themselves part of the story. Do you enjoy that plot device or do you find it annoying? Why?


Thanks, Susan, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Susan has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, July 17. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Susan's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

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

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

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Monday, July 7, 2014

Unforgettable at 99 cents!

Unforgettable, my romance set in 1950s Washington, is available in ebook format for 99 cents, today through July 21! 

Here is the short plot description:

Rachel Stanhope tries to see the good in everyone. But even her good graces are challenged when she meets Josh Reegan outside her Arlington, Virginia dance studio on a brisk fall morning in 1951. Admittedly, he's attractive, but she finds his cynicism and cockiness hard to tolerate.

A hard-news journalist and former World War II Air Force pilot, Josh considers distractions like ballroom dancing frivolous wastes of time. He has yet to shed his wartime drive to defend good against evil whenever he can. Yes, Rachel's confident nature is a refreshing challenge, but he wouldn't tangle with her if his newspaper hadn't roped him into covering one of her studio's competitions in New York City.

Between Arlington and New York, between the melodrama of ballroom antics and the real drama of political corruption, between family involvement and romantic entanglement, Rachel and Josh have their hands full. The last thing either of them expects is mutual need and support. But once they stop dancing around the truth, the results are unforgettable.

The ebook sale is featured at the following sites: 

 

The ebook is also available at the 99 cent sale price at the Apple store. 


I hope you'll take advantage of the sale and let me know what you think of the story!

Harry Wegley and Free Books!

 photo MoonOverMaaleaBay_h11350_680ENLARGEDPRT_zpsfbaf2042.jpgWith the dangers from their past either dead, or locked away in federal prison, they left for the Maui honeymoon of their dreams, oblivious to the coming nightmare.

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Firewall, by DiAnn Mills, is:

mac262@ . . .

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 Harry Wegley, author of Moon Over Maalaea Bay (Harbourlight Books, Pelican Book Group, June 2014).

 photo HLWegley_P13_pp2crop2small_zps59138d6c.jpg Harry served in the USAF as an Intelligence Analyst and a Weather Officer. In civilian life he performed research in atmospheric physics. After earning an MS in Computer Science, Harry worked 20+ years developing computer systems for Boeing before retiring near Seattle, where he and his wife of 48 years enjoy small-group ministry, grandchildren, hiking on the Olympic Peninsula, snorkeling Maui whenever possible, and where he writes inspirational thrillers and romantic suspense novels.

Harry is currently starting his 8th novel.

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

-- I’m enough Cherokee to be a legal member of the tribe, but I’m also half German. My wife is more Sioux than I am Cherokee, and what isn’t Sioux is Irish. Isn’t America wonderful? I hope that never changes.

-- Born in California, raised in Oregon, I had a scholarship to the University of Oregon, but I’m a Texas Aggie, class of ’71. Life is full of surprises.

-- I used to be able to stay under water for up to 3 minutes. Whenever I tried that while doing the dead man’s float, after about 60 seconds my wife would swim over and yank my head out of the water. Then I’d do it again. I think there must be big differences in the way men and women like to be shown they are loved. ☺

I'm in the middle of reading Louis Zamperini's biography, Unbroken, and his practiced ability to stay underwater like that turned out to be a lifesaver when his plane crash landed. So, as frustrating as you were to your wife, that was probably a smart skill to achieve!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Moon Over Maalaea Bay.

 photo MoonOverMaaleaBay_h11350_680ENLARGEDPRT_zpsfbaf2042.jpgWhen Lee Brandt’s bright, beautiful bride disappears on their wedding night in Maui, both Lee and the US government want her back, and each takes drastic measures to find her. But Jennifer, an NSA research scientist, is in high demand. An international trafficking syndicate wants her for revenge. A wealthy, Middle-Eastern prince, who collects women, wants her for what she looks like. Foreign intelligence agents want her for what she knows.

As the clock ticks down toward Jennifer’s sale, her soon-to-be adopted daughter, Katie, flies to Maui and joins the search, ending up in the traffickers’ crosshairs. Could Lee choose between his bride and his future daughter?

A few hours earlier, Jennifer promised herself to Lee “until death do them part.” Could she make death part them to avoid the degradation the traffickers have in mind for her? If she did, would God forgive her?

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

Jennifer has been a Christian for eight months. Her faith is strong even in adversity. She has faced danger before and refuses to be paralyzed by fear. She has a heart that, as long as it’s beating, won’t stop fighting for what is right and for the people she loves. Though she’s small and not particularly strong, she’s bright (IQ of 200) and very quick. If her opponents make one wrong move they quickly find themselves in checkmate.

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

 photo Unknown_zps853bec73.jpegI had never noticed or heard of Drew Waters until watching the movies The Ultimate Life and, more recently, The Redemption of Henry Myers. But he would make a good Lee.





 photo 600full-yuna-ito_zpsb97c49db.jpgJennifer’s is a more difficult role to fill, as she is Japanese-Hawaiian and has so many extraordinary qualities spelled out in great detail by Lee. But my wife and I went looking for a “Jennifer” on the Internet and found a Japanese singer and actress from Hawaii, Yuna Ito, who is the right age and would be a perfect fit. I wanted to use her picture for the book cover, but realized I probably couldn’t afford what her agent would want for those rights. If you like music, she has a wonderful voice, unlike Jennifer.

I don't know if you mention in the story that Jennifer can't sing, but I like that you know that.

Sometimes a writer’s imagination can be triggered with word mapping. If I give you the word "challenge," what three words first come to mind, and how would you word a sentence (or 2, if needed) using all four words?

Obstacle, overcome, strength. God sometimes challenges us to grow in our faith by placing obstacles in our path that seem impossible to overcome using our own strength.

Love that.

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

Wolfsbane by Ronie Kendig. It had more than enough action to suit me—guys need their action fix every few chapters—but the characters drew me in until I had invested more in them than the characters of any other book I’ve recently read.

What are you working on now?

I’m polishing my 7th novel and am early in the planning stage for my 8th. The story I’m polishing reaches back into the Cold War era and pulls some of that intrigue and espionage drama into the present. It’s a high-action, romantic suspense story about a young woman whose father is murdered. He left her alone in the world with a set of journals documenting his secret KGB past, an SVR assassin on her trail, and instructions to run for protection to a family she hardly knows. She’s forced to trust a young man with her life, a man she believes she must never trust with her heart.

Where else can readers find you online?

Author web site (currently under re-construction): hlwegley.com
Pelican Book Group: H. L. Wegley books
Faceboook
Amazon Author Page: Amazon
Twitter
Goodreads
Blog – The Weather Scribe – a climate of suspense and a forecast of stormy weather: weatherscribe.blogspot.com


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

What’s your favorite genre and why are you drawn to it?

Thanks, Harry, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Harry has offered to give a signed copy of his book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, July 14. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Harry's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

Be sure to check out my interview with Creston Mapes and Nancy Mehl, 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, July 3, 2014

Nancy Mehl and Free Books!

 photo GatheringShadows-FINALCOVERGOOD_zps328c70f9.jpgA random photograph of a Mennonite teenager sends television reporter, Wynter Evans, on a dangerous search for a brother who went missing under mysterious circumstance almost ten years ago.

Today we're chatting with novelist Nancy Mehl, author of Gathering Shadows: Book One in the Finding Sanctuary Series (Bethany House Publishers, April 2014).

 photo Nancy-PromotionalPicture-small_zpsd06e3e29.jpg Nancy Mehl lives in Festus, Missouri, with her husband, Norman, and her very active puggle, Watson. She’s authored eighteen books and is currently at work on a new series for Bethany House Publishing. The first book in her Finding Sanctuary series, Gathering Shadows, was released on April 29th, 2014.

All of Nancy’s novels have an added touch – something for your spirit as well as your soul. “I welcome the opportunity to share my faith through my writing,” Nancy says. “God is number one in my life. I wouldn’t be writing at all if I didn’t believe that this is what He’s called me to do.”

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

-- I’m an animal lover. All of our pets have been rescues.

-- I’m a huge fan of Doctor Who.

-- I used to take singing lessons with an emphasis on opera.

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

 photo GatheringShadows-FINALCOVERGOOD_zps328c70f9.jpgWynter Evans is a promising young reporter for a television station in St. Louis, but even a bright future doesn't take away her pain over the disappearance of her brother nine years ago. So when she stumbles across a photograph of a boy with an eerie resemblance to him, she can't pass up the chance to track him down. With research for work as her cover, she sets out with one of the station's photogs for the place where the picture was taken: the town of Sanctuary.

Almost as soon as she arrives, she meets the town's handsome young mayor, Rueben King, and together they begin to uncover long held secrets that could tear the small town apart and change everything Wynter thought she knew about her life. As the truth of her family's past hides in the shadows, it's clear someone will stop at nothing to keep the answers she's searching for hidden forever--even if the cost is Wynter's very life.

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

Wynter is a vulnerable young woman who finds it hard to trust people after her brother’s kidnapping. Although the people she works with would say she is very professional and confident, the truth is that her emotional life revolves around the day her brother disappeared. Many of us have had bad situations from the past that still affect us today. Wynter will have to confront the realization that she can’t move forward as long as she’s looking behind her. I hope readers will identify with her struggle.

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

 photo Unknown-1_zpsa95e234b.jpegWynter could be played by Kristen Bell.




 photo images_zps11864e29.jpegRueben King, the mayor of Sanctuary, Missouri, could be played by a young Ewan McGregor.


Sometimes a writer’s imagination can be triggered with word mapping. If I give you the word "challenge," what three words first come to mind, and how would you word a sentence (or 2, if needed) using all four words?

1. Interview

2. Question

3. Clueless

I am clueless as to how to answer this interview question about the word challenge. (LOL!)

Oh, that's funny--I assumed you were writing that sentence just to me, and I almost deleted it without realizing you had used your mapped words in a sentence. I need to pay better attention to my own questions!

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

Forbidden (The Books of Mortals) by Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee. I love the thought-provoking world the authors have created, the outstanding characterizations, and the extremely compelling story. The writing is so good I was able to easily fall into the role of a reader. It can be difficult for authors to read books without critiquing the writing technique.

What are you working on now?

Book three of my Finding Sanctuary series for Bethany House and an Amish cozy mystery for Guideposts.

Where else can readers find you online?

www.NancyMehl.com, www.nancymehl.blogspot.com (where I have a newsletter), www.SuspenseSisters.blogspot.com (along with several other popular suspense authors), and on Facebook.


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

When it comes to a fiction series, do you enjoy seeing a different main character in each book or would you rather see the same main character continue throughout the entire series?

Thanks, Nancy, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Nancy has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, July 10. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Nancy'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 Creston Mapes and DiAnn Mills, 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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