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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, October 30, 2014

Sherry Kyle and Free Books!

 photo NEWWatercolorDreamscover_zps169432fa.jpgIn 1910 Carmel-by-the-Sea, a watercolor artist has six months to prove to her father she can make it as an artist, otherwise she has to return to San Francisco and marry her father’s business partner.

Before we visit the second of today's authors (see my interview with Kimberly Rose Johnson, below), I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of The Guy Next Door, by Missy Tippens, is:

wileygreen1@ . . .

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 novelist Sherry Kyle, author of Watercolor Dreams (HopeSprings Books, October 2014).

 photo SherryKyleauthorphoto_zps3526f258.jpgSherry Kyle is an award-winning author, and writes books for tween girls as well as novels for women, including Delivered with Love, The Heart Stone (Abingdon Press), and her newest title, Watercolor Dreams (HopeSprings Books, October 2014), a historical romance set along the lush beaches of Carmel-by-the-Sea.

Sherry lives in California with her husband and four children, loves to decorate her beach house, enjoys taking walks by the ocean, and having coffee with friends.

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

--I put myself on a diet in the fourth grade and lost fourteen pounds to fit in a blue dress my grandmother sent me for my birthday.

-- I grew up in Colorado and still root for the Broncos.

--I enjoy interior design and am a realtor wanna-be. We remodeled our home twice in the last two years, and I had a blast choosing cabinets, tile, and fixtures for our new kitchen and upstairs bathrooms. I also love to look up houses on Zillow and www.realtor.com, and have matched 5 homes with families.

Wow, couple that with the writing, and you're quite a creative person, Sherry!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Watercolor Dreams.

 photo NEWWatercolorDreamscover_zps169432fa.jpgIt’s 1910 and Anna Lewis wants to become a premier watercolor artist of the lush beaches of Carmel, California. When a man strides down the beach and stops to face the ocean, Anna sketches him into her painting. Was it a mistake? Anna thinks so when he approaches and tells her he doesn’t have spare change for her work. Spare change indeed! She’d better keep her day job as nursemaid to two rambunctious boys. But what about her watercolor dreams?

The minute Charles Jordan walks away, he regrets criticizing the woman’s painting but like he told the artist, he’s just been jilted at the altar. His former bride-to-be is in love with his cousin. Will a secret from his past prevent Charles from ever loving again?

And will Anna have the hope she needs when tragedy strikes and she must rely on the one man who crushed her spirit?

I love how the cover incorporates that important part of your story.

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

Despite growing up in a wealthy home, Anna leaves it all behind to become independent and pursue her passion. Readers will relate to Anna’s struggles and her desire to make it on her own, and yet root for her relationship with Charles too. Charles’s Aunt Clara, a feisty seventy-year old woman, becomes Anna’s mentor by taking her under her wing. We all need a mentor in our life, don’t you think?

You bet. And I like that you didn't fall into the stereotype pit, casting Charles's aunt as an antagonist, thinking Anna wasn't good enough. 

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

 photo AlexisBledel_zpse6588d45.pngAnna Lewis would be played by the beautiful Alexis Bledel,



 photo HenryCavill_zps47989788.pngand for Charles Jordan I’d pick Henry Cavill. Wouldn’t that be an amazing pairing! ☺



Lovely!

What story from recent news do you think would make a good basis for a novel?

The resignation of a megachurch pastor and his journey to forgiveness and healing would make an interesting premise for a novel based on the recent sad news of Seattle’s pastor Mark Driscoll.

Yeah, another sad story for believers. It would be nice to see that kind of recovery and forgiveness in a modern Christian novel. I like the idea of the lead character needing a lot of forgiveness from other characters and the readers. Challenging.

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

One of the latest novels I read that I would recommend is Home to Chicory Lane by author Deborah Raney. The story is about empty nesters, Audrey and Grant Whitman, and how they turn the family home into a bed and breakfast now that their five kids are grown. When their newly married daughter Landyn returns home alone with a U-Haul, trouble begins.

You’ll have to read the story to find out where Landyn’s husband is, and whether or not Landyn ever leaves the Chicory Inn. I would recommend this book because I love Deborah’s writing style and how her characters seem real to me. Plus, I’d recommend this novel because it is the first book in a five-book series.

Deborah Raney is terrific.

What are you working on now?

I write in three genres—middle grade, contemporary, and historical—and I’m polishing up stories in all three genres, but next to release in 2015 is The Girls Guide to Life, another nonfiction book for tween girls ages 9-13 from Legacy Press. You can see my first two books in this multi-author series, along with my novels, on the ‘Books’ page of my website.

Where else can readers find you online?

I love to connect with my readers! You can find me online at the following links:

Website
Blog
Facebook
Twitter
Pinterest

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

How many blogs do you read in a day and what subject draws you to a blog?

Thanks, Sherry, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Sherry has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, November 6. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Sherry'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 free 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.

Kimberly Rose Johnson

 photo AHolidayProposalcover71R2TVz7-tL_SL1206__zps68cf2a5c.jpgDue to past failure Holly is afraid to take a chance on love, but now that Matthew has her attention, maybe the holiday season is the perfect time for him to show her that she deserves to have it all—work, family, friends and a love that lasts a lifetime.

Before we visit the first of today's featured authors (see my interview with Sherry Kyle, above), I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of The Daughter of Highland Hall, by Carrie Turansky, is:

sharonalavy@ . . .

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 novelist Kimberly Rose Johnson, author of A Holiday Proposal (Heartsong Presents, October 2014).

 photo KimberlyRoseJohnsonIMG_4314-2_zpsd39fd509.jpgKimberly Rose Johnson holds a degree in Behavioral Science from Northwest University. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, two teenage sons, and their yellow lab.

She writes sweet Christian romance for Heartsong Presents and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers.

She enjoys taking long walks with her husband and dog, reading, dark chocolate and time with friends.

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

-- I knocked myself out when I attempted to do a “death drop” off the bars at school when I was a 5th grader.

-- I like spinach. ☺

-- I frequently have songs playing in my mind and will randomly sing a line.

Oh, my goodness, Kimberly, I had the same "death drop" experience at the same age, although I didn't pass out. I just performed a spectacular face plant, knocking every molecule of breath out of my little 5th-grade lungs. I guess you have to do it wrong a few times before you know how to do it right, eh? (Like so many things...)

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of A Holiday Proposal.

 photo AHolidayProposalcover71R2TVz7-tL_SL1206__zps68cf2a5c.jpgHolly had a bad experience growing up that has caused her to be ultra focused on her job as a nurse. She is afraid of distractions, and Matthew, a local baker, is a big distraction. ☺

Holly Miller Is Steering Clear of Mistletoe.

Just out of nursing school, Holly can't risk any distractions. She knows a slipup could cost a life. Like the mistake she made years ago that still plagues her conscience. When she runs into old high school friend Matthew Cook, she hesitates to let romance into her life. Even if the handsome baker is as delectable as his fabulous pastries.

She didn't notice him back in high school, but things have sure changed. Now that Matthew has Holly's attention, maybe the holiday season is the perfect time for him to show her that she deserves to have it all—work, family, friends and a love that lasts a lifetime.

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

Matthew has a big heart, and doesn’t give up easily. He bakes the best snickerdoodle cookies in town and he has a soft spot for his three-year-old niece who is staying with him through the holidays.

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

 photo images_zps882d8390.jpegMaybe a cleaned up version of Aaron Eckhart. I saw a very handsome picture of him in a tux. ☺

This one, maybe?

What story from recent news do you think would make a good basis for a novel?

Great question! I see things all the time that I think would make a good story. Of course right now I can’t think of even one. LOL. Hmm, I think a romance story could fit into any headline. For example the earthquake in Northern California could easily be made into a romance. Just think of the tension!

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

I recently read Julie Carobini's The Spa at Winter Beach and enjoyed it. I read a lot, and if a book doesn’t hold my attention, it either takes me forever to get through it, or I never finish it—I finished this one is less than a week. ☺ I enjoyed the characters and the plot and it wasn’t bogged down with unnecessary information.

What are you working on now? 

At the moment I’m editing a manuscript I plan to propose to my publisher soon.

All the best on that!

Where else can readers find you online?

www.kimberlyrjohnson.com


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487310: A Holiday Proposal


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

Have you ever read a Heartsong Presents book and if so, what was it about the book that drew 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, November 6. 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 Sherry Kyle, above. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of the post to enter the drawing for a free copy of the book.

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

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

Friday, October 24, 2014

Carrie Turansky and Free Books!

 photo 51VUGgCXXL_SY344_BO1204203200__zps20dd133f.jpgWhat if the title, the estate, the life of security and splendor… what if it isn’t enough?

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of The Brickmaker's Bride, by Judith Miller, is:

psalm103and138@ . . .

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 novelist Carrie Turansky, author of The Daughter of Highland Hall (Waterbrook Multnomah, October 2014).

 photo DSC_0234_zps09058d18.jpegCarrie Turansky is the author of more than a dozen novels and novellas, and is the winner of the ACFW Carol Award, the Crystal Globe Award, and the International Digital Award. She has been the finalist for the Inspirational Readers Choice Award, the ACFW Carol Awards and Genesis Contest.

When she’s not writing she enjoys working in her flower gardens, arranging flowers for special events, collecting teacups, and cooking healthy meals for family and friends.

She lives in New Jersey with her husband, Scott, who is a pastor, counselor and author. They enjoy traveling for ministry, research, and to see their five adult children and four grandchildren.

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

-- I know how to string and flower lei and enjoyed doing some praise hula when we lived in Hawaii.

-- I spent one summer in Belgium as a short-term missionary, mostly cleaning a huge retreat center/Bible College, and I loved it.

-- When I grow up I want to be like Beatrix Potter, paint animals and garden scenes, write stories for children, live in the Lake District in England, and raise prize-winning sheep.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of The Daughter of Highland Hall.

 photo 51VUGgCXXL_SY344_BO1204203200__zps20dd133f.jpgBook two in the Edwardian Brides Series, The Daughter of Highland Hall, follows 18-year-old Kate Ramsey on a journey of faith and self-discovery as she travels to London to make her debut in society. Her overbearing aunt insists she secure a marriage proposal from a wealthy, titled man to gain a position and secure her future.

As Kate begins making the round of balls and garden parties, she attracts the attention of Edward Wellington, who seems to have all the qualifications she is looking for, yet, she’s not sure if he is the best choice. Will that lifestyle bring her true happiness?

When a shocking family scandal forces Kate out of the social spotlight, she has time to volunteer with medical student Jonathan Foster, the handsome and caring brother of her governess. Jonathan, a strong Christian, is determined to help the poor in London’s East End.

As her friendship with Jonathan deepens and her faith grows, Kate begins to envision a different kind of future, one that includes Jonathan. Is she ready to make the sacrifices that choice would require? If she does, what will her family and society think?

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

I think readers will enjoy getting to know Kate Ramsey. They will identify with her as she faces the challenges of trying to please her family and meet society’s expectations, while she’s seeking to understand her own desires and motivations concerning her future. Some of the challenges she faced in 1912 may be different than the ones we face today . . . but many are the same. We all want to find purpose and meaning in life, and I hope readers will reflect on their own choices and path in life as they enjoy the journey with Kate.

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

 photo 4104ed7c8d695e63419d8452ee8f08bc_zps5afb5a0b.jpgI would choose Doug Seibert to play Jonathan Foster




 photo fff1811e5810897055dcbc9afd3c01f5_zpsa4e0eeb9.jpgand Alex Ruby to play Kate Ramsey,




 photo 94fbb3068f392c25d0559f0c46c65ae5_zps5653573c.jpg although I originally found a photo from the early 1900s of actress, Lily Elise, and she was the inspiration for Kate.




What story from recent news do you think would make a good basis for a novel?

I’m doing research on World War One in England now, so I was very interested when I saw an article about a battered suitcase found in a university cupboard that belonged to a British WW1 nurse, Margaret Maule, including photographs, letters, and a diary. One of the letters was from a German prisoner of war who she cared for while her own brother died in battle.

I’d love to write a time-slip story of someone who finds this suitcase and then I’d weave that together with the WW1 nurse’s story. Doesn’t that sound interesting? Here’s a link to the story: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2279716/Battered-suitcase-unlocks-story-World-War-One-nurse-cared-German-soldiers-brother-lay-dying-battlefield.html#ixzz3BM1T9QTT

That really does sound like an excellent story, Carrie. I'd love to read it!

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

I recently read Blackmoore by Julianne Donaldson. It’s a pure and proper romance set in the Regency era and is beautifully written. I highly recommend it.

What are you working on now?

I’m writing Book 3 in the Edwardian Series, A Refuge at Highland Hall. It follows the Ramsey family into World War One and brings all the characters from the first two books together at the Ramsey’ country estate. I’ve had a great time researching how the war impacted people on the home front and the story just rose up out of that research.

There’s a dashing pilot who is the main hero, and Kate’s younger sister Penny steps forward as the heroine. The downstairs staff have interactions with prisoners of war and all kinds of exciting things happen with them as well. That one comes out next year in October.

Where else can readers find you online?

I enjoy connecting with readers on my website and blog: carrieturansky.com
Facebook
Pinterest
Twitter

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424983: The Daughter of Highland Hall, Edwardian Brides Series #2


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

Downton Abbey has been a great inspiration for my series. I’ve tried to capture that same emotional connection with the aristocratic family upstairs and the loyal servants below stairs. Are you a Downton Abbey fan? Why do you think this show is so popular?

Love that show!

Thanks, Carrie, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Carrie has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, October 30. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Carrie'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 Missy Tippens, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of the post to enter the drawing for a free 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, October 20, 2014

Missy Tippens and Free Books!

 photo TheGuyNextDoorMedres_zps6d091692.jpgA romantic microbiologist who wants to be swept off her feet falls for her high school best friend, a practical lawyer who’s got his eyes set on big city success.

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Tide and Tempest, by Elizabeth Ludwig, is:

dkstevensne@ . . .

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 novelist Missy Tippens, author of The Guy Next Door (Harlequin Love Inspired, October 2014).

 photo MissyTippens2013_zps4035e703.jpgBorn and raised in Kentucky, Missy Tippens has lived in Georgia for the last 25+ years. She is a pastor's wife and mom of three who has worked as a microbiologist, teacher and stay-at-home mom. During that time, she also pursued writing.

After more than ten years of working toward publication, Missy finally made her first sale of a novel in 2007. Her books have since been nominated for the Booksellers Best, ACFW Carol Award, Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, Maggie Award, Beacon Contest and a 2013 RT Reviewer’s Choice Award. A House Full of Hope was a Romance Writers of America 2013 RITA® Nominee. Her newest book from Love Inspired (October 2014) is The Guy Next Door.

She feels very blessed to be working at home in her dream job!

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

--I love singing in the church choir and playing hand bells.

--I spoil my grand-dog rotten.

--I love eggplant.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of The Guy Next Door.

 photo TheGuyNextDoorMedres_zps6d091692.jpgFrom Friend to…Fiancé?

Stalwart and steady, Darcy O'Malley has been by Luke Jordan's side since childhood. She has seen him through trials and tragedies, romances and breakups. They've been everything to each other—except boyfriend and girlfriend. Why ruin a good thing?

What Luke can't explain, however, is why suddenly Darcy's presence is making his heart beat so hard. Something has changed since he left Appleton, and it's making him uneasy. Is it possible his best friend is meant to be something more? Dare he risk their perfect friendship in the hopes of finding his perfect wife?

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

I think readers will be able to relate to my heroine, who’s experienced unrequited love for her best friend. In the past, she was considered a bookworm and overlooked. I think we all have felt invisible at times and can relate to someone who wants to be appreciated.

Oh, what an engaging character trait, Missy!

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

 photo images_zps74c7ba77.jpegThis question is tough! I’d have to say Dylan O’Brien (although he’s a little too young to play the part)




 photo images-1_zpse7a61b3e.jpegand Emma Stone (with her hair red).






What story from recent news do you think would make a good basis for a novel?

Today, my husband handed me an article in the newspaper’s Parade section that was a very touching story about Lucca, a K-9 hero who risked her life to save fourteen Marines. Of course, ideas for characters immediately started percolating!

Lovely idea!

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

I recently read It Had to Be You by Susan May Warren. I loved it because the characters were so unique and well drawn. They have stuck with me ever since I read the book.

What are you working on now?

I just turned in a new proposal for Love Inspired. And I’ve also recently completed a novella that will be part of an indie published box set I’m doing with writer friends from the Seekerville blog titled Hope for the Holidays. We’re doing both contemporary and historical volumes. It’s exciting to step into the world of hybrid publishing!

Where else can readers find you online?

www.judithmccoymiller.com
@MissyTippens on Twitter
Facebook

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879175: The Guy Next Door

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

Are you the type who’ll read to relax at bedtime? Or are you the type who gets too caught up in a story and will read through the night before you know it?

Thanks, Missy, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Missy has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, October 23. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Missy'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 Judith Miller, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of the post to enter the drawing for a free 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, October 16, 2014

Judy Miller and Free Books!

 photo BrickmakersBride_zpsd4ebabe5.jpgIn the clay-rich hills of the newly founded state of West Virginia, two families are drawn together as they attempt to rebuild their lives and restore a brickmaking business that ties them together.

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Becoming Bea, by Leslie Gould, is:

cfernstaedt@ . . .

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 novelist Judy Miller, author of The Brickmaker’s Bride (Bethany House Publishers, October 2014).

 photo Miller0019art-214x300_zps4396a3da.jpgAlthough born and reared in a small suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Judy moved to Kansas at the age of seventeen and has considered the sunflower state ‘home’ ever since. She currently lives in Topeka, and in her spare time enjoys reading, traveling, researching history, and Bible study.

Writing Christian fiction is Judy’s second career. For many years she worked as a legal assistant in law firms and later worked in government law offices. She has retired from legal work in order to write fulltime —a vocation she considers both a ministry and a blessing from the Lord.

Judy has authored or co-authored more than twenty-five books since she began writing in 1996. Her love of history and her desire to point readers to the love and grace of Jesus are reflected in all of her books.

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

--I was born on January 29th which is Kansas Day, the state I’ve made my home for too many years to count.

--I keep Amazon in business purchasing non-fiction history books—and lots of fiction, too!

--At one time I thought I’d enjoy operating a catering business. Whatever was I thinking?

Yeah, that business is crazy busy, Judy!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of The Brickmaker's Bride.

Ewan McKay has immigrated to West Virginia with his aunt and uncle, promising to trade his skills in the clay business for financial help. Uncle Hugh purchases a brickmaking operation from a Civil War widow and her daughter, and it's Ewan's job to get the company up and running again.

After they begin operation, Ewan seeks help from Laura, the former owner's daughter, and he quickly feels a connection with her, but she's being courted by another man--a lawyer with far more social clout and money than Ewan. Resolving that he'll make the brickworks enough of a success that he can become a partner in the business and be able to afford to bring his sisters over from Ireland, Ewan pours all his energy into the new job.

When Hugh signs a bad business deal, all Ewan's hard work is put in jeopardy. As his hopes for the future crumble, Laura reveals something surprising. Can she help him save the brickworks, and will Ewan finally get a shot at winning her heart?

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

Ewan McKay is a Scots-Irishman who is kind and generous, a young man who believes in keeping his word and doing what is right. He loves the Lord and strives to find good in others. Ewan has a deep love of family and has no fear of commitment or hard work.

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

 photo images_zps71a9f7c0.jpegHugh Jackman




 photo images-1_zps63000ebe.jpegand Jennifer Lawrence.




What story from recent news do you think would make a good basis for a novel?

There is a trial where a father of two sons, who were pushing the family truck when it ran out of gas, were run over by a drunk driver. The father of the two boys is accused of shooting the drunk driver. Although the father denies shooting the drunk driver, he was charged and is standing trial. I can see so many opportunities to reveal God’s love and mercy throughout a story based on circumstances such as these.

Yes! I saw that story. You're right, Judy, that would make a compelling novel.

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

I love historical fiction so the last novel I read is Longbourn. I loved the rich details the author, Jo Baker, provides in her storytelling. This is not a CBA book so there are portions that might offend some readers.

What are you working on now?

I am finishing The Potter’s Lady, the second book in my Refined by Love series. This story will follow, Rose McKay, one of Ewan McKay’s sisters, as the family moves to Grafton, West Virginia.

Where else can readers find you online?

www.judithmccoymiller.com

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212550: The Brickmaker"s Bride, Refined by Love Series #1


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

There are a few novels I’ve read, that I will never forget—either because of the story, or the rich details. What is a work of fiction (or two) that you’ve read and will never forget?

Thanks, Judy, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Judy has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, October 23. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Judy's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

Be sure to check out my interview with Elizabeth Ludwig, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of the post to enter the drawing for a free 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, October 13, 2014

Elizabeth Ludwig and Free Books!

 photo TideampTempest_zps7e0eb156.jpgTwo years ago, her fiancé perished during their voyage to America. Now she discovers it may have been murder...

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Snowflake Tiara, by Valerie Comer, is:

ecriggs1990@ . . .

Congratulations! I'll email you today to get your mailing address, and we'll get your book to you right away.

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And now let's revisit novelist Elizabeth Ludwig, author of Tide and Tempest (Bethany House Publishers, March 2014).

 photo Ludwig_zpsc614dd77.jpgElizabeth Ludwig is the award-winning author of No Safe Harbor and Dark Road Home, Books one and two in the Edge of Freedom series. Book three in the series, Tide and Tempest, was recently named a Top 10 Pick of 2014.

Her popular literary blog, The Borrowed Book, enjoys a wide readership. Elizabeth is an accomplished speaker and teacher, often attending conferences and seminars where she lectures on editing for fiction writers, crafting effective novel proposals, and conducting successful editor/agent interviews.

Along with her husband and children, she makes her home in the great state of Texas.

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

-- I love playing with computers. In fact, my kids call me a computer geek wannabe! I’m not good enough with techie stuff to actually do anything fancy…just good enough to get in trouble.

-- I love to ski and I have a ridiculous number of dogs. Someday, I’ll write a book about my life and call it Downhill Dachshunds: Keeping up with the Pack.

-- And lastly, I’m a sports nut, so everyone knows…don’t bother me when the Steelers are playing. Go Pitt!

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

 photo TideampTempest_zps7e0eb156.jpgDreaming of a better life, Tillie McGrath leaves Ireland behind and, with her beloved fiancé by her side, sets sail for America. But when illness robs her of the man she holds dear, she's left alone with only a handful of tattered memories. While forging on proves difficult, Tillie soon finds some new friends at her New York boardinghouse, and begins pursuing a new dream—to open a home for orphaned children.

Despite two years passing, Captain Keondric Morgan has never forgotten the lass who left his ship so heartbroken. When a crewman's deathbed confession reveals her fiancé’s demise was the result of murder, the captain knows he must try to contact her.

But his attention draws the notice of others as well--dangerous men who believe Tillie has in her possession something that could expose their crimes. And to their way of thinking, the best way to prevent such an outcome is to seize the evidence and then hand Tillie the same fate as her naïve fiancé.

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

To be honest, if everything had gone as I planned, this book would never have been written. You see, when I first proposed my idea to my publisher, I was only planning for a two book series. Later, I was asked if I could expand my idea. Of course I said yes, though at the time, I really wasn’t sure what the third book would be about.

It wasn’t until I finished the first book, No Safe Harbor, that inspiration struck. I realized that everyone I’ve ever met has carried some kind of wound—either pain from a broken relationship, or grief, sometimes even loss. When I sat down to write Tide and Tempest, I wanted to reach out to those who were hurting and offer some kind of hope. To do that, I had to reach into my own past, and touch on the pain and guilt I carried after the loss of my son. I think that’s why the character of Tillie resonated with me so deeply, and why I think her story will touch reader’s hearts. Her triumph over guilt and grief is an inspiration to us all.

I'm so sorry to hear that about your son, Elizabeth. I can't imagine the hurt of that loss. And I can see how your experience would strongly inform Tillie's character. God bless you for delving that deep into your personal pain in order to touch others. 

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

 photo images_zpsd698c188.jpegOne of the first things I do when I’m plotting a new novel is look for actors who fit my characters. It helps me to visualize them better and focus on the kinds of actions that are appropriate to them. For Keondric, I chose Antonio Cupo. He has that dark, brooding look that seemed to fit so well. And it doesn’t hurt that he’s drop dead gorgeous. ☺


 photo images-1_zpsd3baca75.jpegTillie McGrath was a little harder to pinpoint. I wanted someone small in stature, but with a feisty spirit that shone through her eyes and smile. I finally settled on Autumn Reeser. She had just the right amount of beauty and vulnerability that made her perfect for this part.


What story from recent news do you think would make a good basis for a novel?

I write suspense, so I’m always looking for stories that get the heart pumping. I saw an article recently about Facebook Messenger, and how some people are very leery about downloading the app because of the access to information it gives to Facebook administrators. For example, through the app, Facebook would have access to all of your contacts, your browsing history, even your camera and recording devices. They could literally watch you and record your actions through your phone!! Boy, did that get me thinking. I immediately started visualizing a contemporary conspiracy theory type novel, with all sorts of techie-type feats. LOL!

Excellent (and creepy) idea. 

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

I just recently finished Return to Exile by Lynne Gentry. This is book two in the The Carthage Chronicles. The first one had me weeping and cheering right along with the main characters, Lisbeth and Cyprian. This one was no different. The characters’ struggle to forge a life from the ashes of Carthage’s diseased city made my heart pound, and as the peril facing them ratcheted, so did my pulse rate.

Adding to the story’s overall appeal is Gentry’s enviable talent for wordsmithing. She truly is a genius. Finally, weave in unfathomable sorrow with passionate hope and Return to Exile makes for an incredibably entertaining read.

What are you working on now?

I am so excited to be releasing a Christmas collection this coming September. It’s called Christmas Comes to Bethlehem, Maine (Barbour Publishing, 2014). It’s about a small town in Maine that hosts a live nativity every year. My novella, “One Holy Night,” is about a young veterinarian struggling to come to grips with her sister’s betrayal. The other stories in the collection are “The Christmas Gift,” by Virginia Vaughn, “A Christmas Promise,” by Sandra Robbins, and “The Last Angel Song,” by Lorraine Beatty.

This is my second anthology with Barbour Publishing. The first, Christmas Homecoming, released in 2009, so there’s been some time between collections. Still, I learned so much about tight writing with that first novella, and I was anxious to see if I could do it again.

That’s the thing about writing. I never stop learning. Every manuscript has been different, and each one has taught me something about the craft. If I could give advice to anyone just starting out, it would be to accept the fact that from now on, learning will be a lifelong process.

You're so right, and thanks for that advice.

Where else can readers find you online?

I love connecting with my readers. I wish I could visit with every single one—find out where they are in life, and what hope or encouragement (if any) they drew from reading my books. Stop by and visit with me! I post information on upcoming releases on my website at www.elizabethludwig.com.

Or check out my blog at www.theborrowedbook.blogspot.com. We do author interviews, weekly devotionals, and book giveaways. We also post book reviews and list upcoming releases from many of your favorite Christians authors. In other words, there’s something for everyone!

Lastly, if you just want to see what I’m up to, search for me on Facebook. I would love to visit with you.


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

I’ve received many reviews over the years, both good and bad. I’ve accepted that I can’t please everyone, but every once in a while, the wording in a review will make my blood boil, especially if it’s not the quality of my writing that earns the negative rating, but the Christian content. How you feel about reviews? Do you read them? Have you written one, and if you absolutely hated a book, would you post a bad review?

Thanks, Elizabeth, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Elizabeth has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, October 20. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Elizabeth's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

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

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

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Leslie Gould and Free Books!

 photo BecomingBea_zps7ee607b5.jpgBeatrice Zook knows God wants her to get along with others, but one person she'll never be able to find peace with is Ben Rupp—even though others are longing for the two to turn their rivalry into romance.

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Eleven Pipers Piping, by Angela Breidenbach, is:

patterly@ . . .

Congratulations! I'll email you today to get your mailing address, and we'll get your book to you right away.

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And now let's meet novelist Leslie Gould, author of Becoming Bea (Bethany House, October 2014).

 photo LeslieGouldprophoto51_zps1e4eb603.jpgLeslie Gould is the #1 bestselling and Christy Award winning author of 19 novels. She’s also been awarded the Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award for Best Inspirational Novel (2006) and the RWA, FHL Chapter, Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award (2013).

She and her husband, Peter, live in Portland, Oregon and are the revolving-door parents of four children and the owners of three cats. Leslie enjoys traveling, researching Church history, and watching soccer matches.

In 2013 the Oregon Christian Writers’ awarded Leslie the debut Trailblazer Achievement Award, an honor she holds most dear.

Please tell us three random things about you.

--I’m a Shakespeare fan— Becoming Bea, the fourth in the Courtships of Lancaster County series, is inspired by Much Ado About Nothing.

--The other novels in the stories are also inspired by Shakespeare’s plays—Courting Cate by The Taming of the Shrew, Adoring Addie by Romeo and Juliet, and Minding Molly by A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

--Researching the Amish has led me to also to researching the Mennonites, Huguenots, Quakers, and even the Shakers. Church history is fascinating!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Becoming Bea.

 photo BecomingBea_zps7ee607b5.jpgBea and Ben have known each other since their days attending the nearby one-room school, and he understands precisely how to antagonize her. What neither Bea nor Ben will admit is that beneath all their bickering, attraction awaits.

When friends decide to try and bring the couple together, sparks fly—and then ignite—but not in the way their friends hoped for. Mistaken identity, betrayal, and deception all work against the couple and threaten to tear them apart forever.

Can Bea and Ben ever find true love? Or is their relationship damaged beyond repair?

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

Bea is a feisty loner who finally learns the value of community—only to be falsely accused and have all she’s finally come to love yanked out from under her.

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

 photo Unknown_zps03f71a1e.jpegAmy Acker, who starred as Beatrice in Josh Whedon’s 2012 version of Much Ado About Nothing. She’s feisty and self-deprecating, but in a dignified sort of way.

What story from recent news do you think would make a good basis for a novel?

The Amish are taught to “turn the other cheek” and don’t sue others, but in an unusual case in Indiana an Amish couple are pursuing a lawsuit against a trucking company. A driver with the company caused an accident that killed the Amish couple’s seven-month-old son and injured the mother and two daughters. The trucking company has refused to pay any damages, and it’s unclear how the leadership in their Amish community has reacted to them pursuing the lawsuit.

There’s lots of potential conflict in the story as far as both the Amish community and the larger world, plus a chance for redemption for the trucking company, a chance for healing for the family, and justice for the baby who was killed.

Excellent choice. I'm intrigued!

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

I just finished All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. It’s an epic novel set before and during WW II about a blind Parisian girl and a German boy who is an electrical prodigy. It’s also a lyrical novel with lots and lots of layers. As a writer, the sensory details from the blind character, alone, made it worth the read. As a reader, there are probably at least a hundred reasons to recommend it—the setting, the empathetic characters, the history woven through it, the plot, the structure, the science, the light, the love, the realism, the metaphors, the rich details, etc. I’ll definitely read it again someday.

What are you working on now?

Amish Promises, the first in my Neighbors of Lancaster County series. It’s about an Amish family and a military family who live side-by-side.

Where else can readers find you online?

Leslie Gould
Facebook
Twitter
Pinterest


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

What is one book that you’ve read more than once?

Thanks, Leslie, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Leslie has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, October 16. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Leslie'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 Valerie Comer, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of the post to enter the drawing for a free 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, October 6, 2014

Valerie Comer and Free Books!

 photo ST-200x300_zps343bcc6e.jpgWhat if you were caught doing something good, but the man you loved didn't see it that way?

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of The Snow Globe, by Laura Hilton, is:

marypopmom@ . . .

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 novelist Valerie Comer, co-author of Snowflake Tiara (Gems of Wisdom, September 2014).

 photo Valerie-Comer-150x150_zps6839a17c.jpgValerie Comer’s life on a small farm in western Canada provides the seed for stories of contemporary inspirational romance. Like many of her characters, Valerie and her family grow much of their own food and are active in the local foods movement as well as their creation-care-centric church. She only hopes her creations enjoy their happily ever afters as much as she does hers, shared with her husband, adult kids, and adorable granddaughters.

Valerie writes Farm Lit where food meets faith, injecting experience laced with humor into her award-winning Farm Fresh Romance stories.

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

-- I prefer winter over summer… and yes, I live where there is snow, ice, and below freezing temperatures.

-- I plant enough vegetables in my garden that, if the weeds crowd out some, there's still enough for my family.

-- I love all members of the cabbage family… except Brussels sprouts.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Snowflake Tiara.

 photo ST-200x300_zps343bcc6e.jpgSnowflake Tiara contains two Christmas romance novellas.

The Debutante Queen by Angela Breidenbach ~ 1889 (Helena, MT): Calista Blythe enters the first Miss Snowflake Pageant celebrating Montana statehood to expose the plight of street urchins. But if her hidden indentured orphan is discovered, Calista’s reputation and her budding romance with pageant organizer, Albert Shanahan, could both unravel. Will love or law prevail?

More Than a Tiara by Valerie Comer ~ 2014 (Helena, MT): Marisa Hiller’s interest in competing in Miss Snowflake Pageant for the city of Helena’s 150th anniversary is at zip zero zilch when she discovers the official photographer is Jase Mackie. Can Jase make amends for past mistakes and offer her, not only a tiara, but a partner in her crusade to help needy children and families?

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

Many people say they care about the needs of children, but Marisa puts action to her words. She's involved in getting vegetable seeds to orphans in Africa as well as providing garden space and tutoring to young single moms on social assistance.

What story from recent news do you think would make a good basis for a novel?

I love this news item about a chef who's tackled fun, healthy options for school lunch programs in Ontario! I can see great story possibilities for my style of farm lit stories, in this case pitting the chef against either a teacher or a parent in a battle for food in the school system.

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

I recently read Love's Promises by Sandra Leesmith. I enjoyed it because it was a Christian contemporary romance novel set at Lake Tahoe…and because it's one of the few books I've read that tackles environmental issues from a Christian point of view!

What are you working on now?

I'm editing Sweetened with Honey, the third novel in my Farm Fresh Romance series, which will release in November, while writing the fourth book, Dandelions for Dinner.

Where else can readers find you online?

valeriecomer.com is my home base. Here you can read my blog, find out about my books, consider where food meets faith, find my social media connections, and grab my free guide to local, seasonal eating by signing up for my monthly newsletter.

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

What's the most recent "foodie" book you've read? Do you like books that include recipes the characters have made?

Thanks, Valerie, for visiting with us and telling us about your book. Readers, Valerie has offered to give a copy of her e-book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, October 13. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Valerie'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 Angela Breidenbach, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of the post to enter the drawing for a free 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, October 2, 2014

Angela Breidenbach, October Releases, and Free Books!

 photo AngelaFinal3_zpsec2278f6.jpg A sweet music teacher and eleven boys are given one chance or else, but one boy doesn't seem like the others. And just who is his father?

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Wrestling with Wonder, by Marlo Schalesky, is:

dkstevensne@ . . .

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 novelist Angela Breidenbach, author of Eleven Pipers Piping (Gems of Wisdom, Oct 2014).

 photo IMG_6607eSmall_zps0223e6d8.jpg Angela Breidenbach is a captivating speaker, radio personality, and author. Angela volunteers as the Christian Author Network's president. She's an editor, author, and speaker with Choose Now Publishing; a columnist for Leading Hearts; and an avid volunteer for the Jadyn Fred Foundation that helps Montana children.

As Mrs. Montana International 2009, Angela loved promoting her state. As a Montana author it's one of her favorite places to write about whether in an historical or contemporary setting.

Books by Angela Breidenbach set in Montana include Snowflake Tiara, Eleven Pipers Piping and A Healing Heart. Yes, quite a few more are coming… Don't miss A-Muse-ings coming this fall, feline comedy, by popular demand. Listen on iTunes to Grace Under Pressure—Becoming a woman of courage, confidence, and candor.

Angela’s speaking engagements are represented by Choose Now Ministries: 217-215-0515.

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

-- My favorite genre is time travel. That explains my desire to write in both contemporary and historical. I will go there one day ;)

-- I inherited my grandfather's (1883b-1982d) clock. It's an 1888 mantle or wall clock. And now you know why I love writing in the 1880-90 time frame.

-- My favorite flower is the hydrangea, particularly the deep purple/blue hue.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Eleven Pipers Piping.

 photo AngelaFinal3_zpsec2278f6.jpgWhat would you do if you were given eleven rowdy street newsies and told either you turn them into model citizens or they get sold into indenture or sent to the military? Of course, start a pipe and drum corps! Eleven Pipers Piping is the story of a sweet music teacher and eleven boys given one chance or else, but one boy doesn't seem like the others. And just who is his father?

Did you read Snowflake Tiara and want to see what happens to the newsies, Frankie and Joey? Find out in Eleven Pipers Piping as another Helena debutante discovers romance in the brand new state of Montana…

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

Mirielle Sheehan loves music and children. She wants to save eleven street boys that everyone else has given up on.

Evan Rutherford lost everything—his ranch, his wife, and now after trusting relatives with his young son even the little boy is missing.

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

 photo Unknown_zps99fdb648.jpegI'm drawing on Oliver Jackson-Cohen's image for the character of Evan Rutherford.



 photo Unknown-1_zps45efe169.jpegI'd love to have Jessica De Gouw as Mirielle.



I like the chemistry between these two on screen and love their ability to wear period costumes well. Both are really interesting actors and very good!

What story from recent news do you think would make a good basis for a novel?

The North Dakota oil boom.

I'm a little embarrassed that I didn't even know there was a current oil boom in North Dakota until you mentioned this. You need to write that novel!

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

I actually read more while professionally editing than for pleasure now. When I read for pleasure, I enjoy an eclectic variety from Tracie Peterson to Tosca Lee to Tessa Afshar. Each author is very different in style—and that's why I'd recommend them. And evidently I like authors that start with "T", lol. But also, these authors tend to build a rich story world around their characters and plot. I want to mentally step through the mirror and believe I'm in the same world as the characters, living the story. These authors inspire me with that kind of writing.

What are you working on now?

I'm excited for the debut of my new iTunes radio show, Grace Under Pressure—Becoming a woman of courage, confidence, and candor. I've always loved working on air in radio, but this gives me the opportunity to explore and share in areas I get asked to coach or speak. I love empowering other women to live out their purpose and dreams. I think we all need encouragement to be courageous, gain confidence, and speak the truth in love (candor).

Where else can readers find you online?

www.AngelaBreidenbach.com Facebook
Twitter/Pinterest: @AngBreidenbach

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

I'd love ideas for Grace Under Pressure. I plan monthly main topics with weekly shows that break it down and delve deeply into an element of that topic. What topic would you like to explore about becoming a woman of courage, confidence, and candor?

Great question! Thanks, Angela, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Angela has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, October 9. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Angela's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

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

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

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

As you scroll down to the comments section, take a look at some of the great inspiration fiction releasing in October!

Amish Romance:

An Amish Second Christmas by Kathleen Fuller, Tricia Goyer, Ruth Reid and Beth Wiseman -- "When Christmas Comes Again" by Beth Wiseman: Katherine Zook and her four children are facing their first Christmas without a loved one, and the future seems dim. But when a mysterious Englisch man begins to show up in the most unlikely of places, Katherine can't help but be suspicious . . . and a bit curious. "Her Christmas Pen Pal" by Ruth Reid: When Joy Stolzfus's boyfriend tells her he wants to court other women, she's shocked. She pours her heart out in a letter, but it mistakenly reaches Noah Esh. The two begin writing letters back and forth, but a misunderstanding threatens to topple the relationship they're building. "A Gift for Anne Marie" by Kathleen Fuller: Anne Marie Smucker's life is pretty perfect. Until she discovers her widowed mother is getting married and they're all moving. On top of that, Anne Marie's relationship with her friend Nathaniel has changed, and she's more confused than ever about her feelings for him. "The Christmas Aprons" by Tricia Goyer: Esther Glick bakes a Christmas pie for a fundraiser, and she soon finds herself sitting across from bachelor Ammon Schwartz. Esther receives many orders for pies, but when she breaks her wrist, she discovers what community-and love-are all about. (Amish Romance from HarperCollins Christian Publishing [Thomas Nelson and Zondervan])

Contemporary Romance:

At Bluebonnet Lake: A Novel (Texas Crossroads) by Amanda Cabot -- Marketing maven Kate Sherwood's world is fast-paced, challenging, and always changing. The last thing she wants to do is slow down to a crawl at Rainbow's End, a dilapidated resort in the Texas Hill Country. But she cannot deny her ailing grandmother's request to visit the place where she and her deceased husband spent one glorious week (albeit fifty years ago). There Kate meets Greg Vange, the resort's handyman. But there's more to Greg than meets the eye--billions more, in fact, as he recently sold his successful software company and is at the resort in search of what's next for his life. Kate isn't looking for romance, but she can't deny the sparks of attraction that fly every time she and Greg are together. She even starts to see potential in the rundown resort. Could there be a future there? Or will Kate's long-sought promotion take her back to the big city? (Contemporary Romance from Revell [Baker Publishing Group])

Quilted by Christmas by Jodie Bailey -- After Taryn McKenna's high school sweetheart, Justin Callahan, abandons her to join the army, Taryn vows to never love again. And she decides to keep a closely guarded secret from him-forever. Focused on being completely independent, Taryn pours herself into teaching high school in Hollings, North Carolina and helping her spunky Grandma Jemma. But when Jemma's health takes a turn for the worse, and Justin reappears, Taryn's emotions get more tangled than a knotted piece of thread. A hand-stitched Irish chain quilt holds the message of healing Taryn needs. But will she realize the depth of God's unconditional love for her? (Contemporary Romance from Abingdon Press)

His Small-Town Family by Lorraine Beatty -- Nicki Latimer never expected to be back in her tiny Mississippi hometown-much less running a store with a baby on her hip. But when her father falls ill, Nicki will do anything to save the family business...even put her dreams on hold. And she's found just the person to help her. Ethan Stone is strong and reliable, but also haunted by his past as a war photographer. He's convinced he could never be the man Nicki thinks he is. But with Ethan by her side, Nicki's dreams of love and family are closer than she thinks. (Contemporary Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

A Holiday Proposal by Kimberly Rose Johnson -- Holly Miller is steering clear of mistletoe. Just out of nursing school, Holly can't risk any distractions. She knows a slip-up could cost a life. Like the mistake she made years ago that still plagues her conscience. When she runs into old high school friend Matthew Cook, she hesitates to let romance into her life. Even if the handsome baker is as delectable as his fabulous pastries. She didn't notice him back in high school, but things have sure changed. Now that Matthew has Holly's attention, maybe the holiday season is the perfect time for him to show her that she deserves to have it all-work, family, friends and a love that lasts a lifetime. (Contemporary Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Forever Christmas by Robert Tate Miller -- Up-and-coming literary agent Andrew Farmer is constantly on the road, wooing prospective clients and making a name for himself. Would he and his wife Beth have spent their last moments together arguing had they known that just before midnight on Christmas Eve, Beth would be hit by a taxi that would ultimately take her life? Andrew would do anything to go back and change that night. Then he meets Lionel, a straight-talking angel in disguise, who grants Andrew the gift of the last three days of Beth's life to relive, but there's a hitch: her fate cannot be changed. Only one gift will save her life, and Andrew has seventy-two hours to figure out what that gift is or he'll lose Beth forever. (Contemporary Romance from HarperCollins Christian Publishing [Thomas Nelson and Zondervan])

General/Contemporary:

Lizzy & Jane by Katherine Reay -- Restaurant owner Elizabeth has lost her culinary magic, and business is slowing down. When worried investors enlist the talents of a tech-savvy celebrity chef to salvage the restaurant, Elizabeth feels the ground shift beneath her feet. Not only has she lost her touch; she's losing her dream. Brimming with desperation and dread, Elizabeth finds herself in the unlikeliest of places, by her sister's side in Seattle as Jane undergoes chemotherapy. As her new life takes the form of care, cookery, and classic literature, Elizabeth is forced to reimagine her future and reevaluate her past. But can a New York City chef with a painful history settle down with the family she once abandoned . . . and make peace with the sister who once abandoned her? (General/Contemporary from HarperCollins Christian Publishing [Thomas Nelson and Zondervan])

Historical Romance:

Yuletide Angel by Sandra Ardoin -- A shy spinster, Violet Madison secretly delivers food to the poor at Christmas and earns the title The Yuletide Angel. When bachelor Hugh Barnes discovers the truth, he vows to protect her. Neither realizes someone else waits in the shadows, threatening to ruin Violet's generosity and her reputation. (Historical Romance from Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas)

The Farmer's Daughter Romance Collection by Mary Davis, Kelly Eileen Hake, Tracie Peterson, Jill Stengl and Susan May Warren-- Meet daughters of prairie farms from Montana south to Kansas who find love in the midst of turbulent life changes. Marty's nieces are kidnapped. Rosalind's town is overrun by a railroad company. Amy's jealousy comes between her and her twin. Beulah's answer is needed to a marriage proposal. Lilly's choice puts her at odd with her neighbors. Into each of their lives rides a man who may only make their situations worse. (Historical Romance from Barbour Publishing)

Dreaming on Daisies (Love Blossoms in Oregon Series) by Miralee Ferrell -- When her father's debts, brought on by heavy drinking, threaten Leah Carlson's family ranch, she fights to save it. When handsome banker Steven Harding must decline her loan request, he determines to do what he can to help. Just as he arrives to serve as a much-needed ranch hand, Leah's family secrets—and the pain of her past-come to a head. They could destroy everything she's fought for. And they could keep her from ever opening her heart again. (Historical Romance from David C. Cook)

Where Treetops Glisten by Tricia Goyer, Cara Putman and Sarah Sundin-- A grandmother advises three siblings as they search for love and deeper faith during World War II. White Christmas by Cara C. Putman. A candy maker and a puzzle manufacturer have one thing in common: love is the last thing they're looking for and the very thing they need. I'll Be Home For Christmas by Sarah Sundin. A fighter pilot running on empty, a lonely widow, and a little girl searching for what she's lost-will an unusual Christmas gift fill their hearts again? Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas by Tricia Goyer. As Christmas nears, a combat nurse offers care and cheer to injured soldiers on the front line, but when her patients and the Dutch villagers discover it's her birthday they work together to give her a great gift-a reason to believe in love again. (Historical Romance from Waterbrook/Multnomah [Random House])

Suitor by Design (The Dressmaker's Daughters) by Christine Johnson-- Minnie Fox's goal is to find a beau who can help support her ailing father and his struggling dress shop. As a working man, her friend Peter Simmons simply doesn't fit the bill. Instead, Minnie's got eyes for Peter's childhood pal-a wealthy Chicagoan. So why can't she stop thinking about Peter? Peter wishes Minnie would see him as more than a friend. As a hardworking mechanic, Peter knows he'll never be able to dazzle Minnie with fancy suits and expensive cars. But maybe he can prove to her that what's in a man's heart is worth more than what's in his wallet. (Historical Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Watercolor Dreams by Sherry Kyle-- It's 1910 and Anna Lewis wants to become a premier watercolor artist of the lush beaches of Carmel, California. When a man strides down the beach and stops to face the ocean, Anna sketches him into her painting. Was it a mistake? Anna thinks so when he approaches and tells her he doesn't have spare change to purchase her work. Spare change indeed! She'd better keep her day job as nursemaid to two rambunctious boys. The minute Charles Jordan walks away, he regrets criticizing the woman's painting but as he told the artist, he's just been jilted at the altar. His former bride-to-be is in love with his cousin. Will a secret from his past prevent Charles from ever loving again? And will Anna have the hope she needs when tragedy strikes and she must rely on the one man who crushed her spirit? (Historical Romance from HopeSprings Books)

The Daughter of Highland Hall by Carrie Turansky-- Debutante Katherine Ramsey's family estate, Highland Hall, has been passed to older male cousin Sir William Ramsey. Her only means of securing her future is to make a strong debut in the London social season and find a proper husband. When a shocking family scandal sidelines Katherine, forcing her out of the social spotlight, she keeps a low profile, volunteering with the poor in London's East End. Here, a friendship with medical student Jonathan Foster deepens and her faith in God grows. But when Katherine is courted anew by a man of wealth and position, dreams of luxury surface again. She must decide whom she can trust and love-and if she will choose a life serving others over one where she is served. (Historical Romance from Waterbrook/Multnomah [Random House])

Romantic Suspense:

Holiday Defenders by Jodie Bailey, Debby Giusti and Susan Sleeman-- Christmas Rescue by Debby Giusti: On the run from a killer, Elizabeth Tate must accept U.S. Army captain Nick Fontaine's protection for the sake of her young niece and nephew. Now her life is in the hands of the very man who broke her heart years ago. Special Ops Christmas by Susan Sleeman: Researcher Claire Reed's top secret project is stolen, putting her at risk of being kidnapped to unlock it. Her undercover bodyguard-her former love, Green Beret Travis Chapman-is on his most dangerous mission yet. Homefront Holiday Hero by Jodie Bailey: When someone tries to kill the daughter of a military official, U.S. Army major Tyler Rainey must keep Kelly Walters from harm...while guarding his own heart against very unexpected feelings. (Romantic Suspense from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

The Lawman Returns (Wrangler's Corner) by Lynette Eason -- Deputy Clay Starke has come home to Wrangler's Corner for one reason only: to solve his brother's murder. Denied official resources, Clay is forced to rely on his wits-and on the assistance of beautiful social worker Sabrina Mayfield. But Sabrina's helping him draws her into danger. Now both Clay and Sabrina have targets on their backs, and Clay is at risk of losing not only his heart, but also his life. (Romantic Suspense from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Deceived by Irene Hannon -- When Kate Marshall spots a child on an escalator in the mall, she is convinced it is the son she thought was killed in a boating accident. With police skeptical of her story, she turns to private investigator Connor Sullivan. The former Secret Service agent is dubious, but agrees to investigate. He discovers that the incident may have been no accident at all. But if Claire's son is alive, someone is intent on keeping him hidden-and may be willing to go to lethal lengths to protect a sinister secret. (Romantic Suspense from Revell [Baker Publishing Group])

Speculative Fiction:

Thunder: A Novel (Stone Braide Chronicles) by Bonnie S. Calhoun -- In post-apocalyptic America, Selah Chavez is crouched in long grass on a shore littered with the rusted metal remnants of a once-great city. It is the day before her eighteenth Born Remembrance, and she is hunting Landers, mysterious people from a land across the big water who survive the delirium-inducing passage in small boats that occasionally crash against the shoreline. Landers bring a good price from the Company and are especially prized if they keep the markings they arrive with. Everything falls to pieces when the Lander Selah catches is stolen by her brothers--and Selah wakes up the next morning to find the Lander's distinctive mark has suddenly appeared on her own flesh. Once the hunter, Selah is now one of the hunted, and she knows only one person who can help her--Bohdi Locke, the Lander her brothers hope to sell. (Speculative Fiction from Revell [Baker Publishing Group])

A Time to Die by Nadine Brandes -- How would you live if you knew the day you'd die? Parvin Blackwater believes she has wasted her life. At only seventeen, she has one year left according to the Clock by her bedside. In a last-ditch effort to make a difference, she tries to rescue Radicals from the government's crooked justice system. But when the authorities find out about her illegal activity, they cast her through the Wall -- her people's death sentence. What she finds on the other side about the world, about eternity, and about herself changes Parvin forever and might just save her people. But her clock is running out. (Speculative Fiction from Enclave Publishing)

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