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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!

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Neta and Dave Jackson and Free Books!

 photo Pound-Nook_zps5b9bf9c4.pngEver wonder whether the “prosperity gospel” would work for you—or would you end up “penny wise and pound foolish”?

Before we visit today's authors, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of The Yuletide Rescue, by Margaret Daley, is:

littleronm@ . . .

and the winner of the signed copy of Love Never Fails, by Martha Rogers, is:

julesreffner@ . . .

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

I encourage readers to keep commenting and/or subscribe at right (above my list of books) in order to participate in future book give-aways! Subscribers are entered a second time when they comment.

And now let's meet novelists Neta and Dave Jackson, authors of Pound Foolish (Castle Rock Creative Inc, October 2014).

 photo DaveNetaJackson_zpsce889aa1.pngNeta and Dave Jackson are a husband and wife writing team, and are the authors or co-authors of more than 120 books that have sold over 2.5 million copies. They are best known for Neta’s Yada Yada Prayer Group series and their forty-volume Trailblazer series.

They both grew up on the west coast but settled in the Chicago area, which inspires many of the settings and characters for their novels. Their life-journey has included a passion for racial reconciliation and understanding what it truly means for the different parts of the Body of Christ to “need each other” (1 Cor. 12).

They raised two children who in turn rewarded them with four grandchildren who keep them hopping and young at heart.

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

--Dave is a farmer at heart and grows wonderful vegetables in our back yard.

--Neta had an imaginary horse and two imaginary dogs as pets while growing up.

--Dave and Neta have been married an amazing 48 years!

You're such an inspirational couple, Dave and Neta!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Pound Foolish.

 photo Pound-Nook_zps5b9bf9c4.pngGreg Singer coordinates sports shows for powerboats, four wheelers, snowmobiles, and jet skis—macho toys for outdoor men like himself. But the job puts tremendous stress on his marriage with Nicole, who for the first time notices the handsome lawyer who lives at the end of their block. (“Greener pastures”?)

When the recession hits Greg’s industry, he decides the crisis is merely an opportunity for God to bless him with unmatched prosperity—a promise he hears preached each Sunday at his megachurch—and he steps out in bold faith. But is he being “pound foolish”?

The fourth in the Windy City Neighbors series, Pound Foolish returns us to Beecham Street, a typical urban neighborhood. Intersecting with Penny Wise (book 3), the Jacksons employ the innovating storytelling technique of “parallel novels.” Though each book follows its own story arc, the characters lives become intertwined and affect one another—and brings new meaning to prosperity.

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

Greg is well-meaning but a little clueless about how to support his homeschooling wife. He plans surprises for her but they’re not what really matters to her. He’s not a bad guy—he’s faithful, loves his wife and kids, wants to do the right thing by his family—so you want him to succeed even though you want to shake some sense in his head when he goes off like the Lone Ranger, trying to make things work out on his own. As “head of the family,” he doesn’t want to burden her with how bad things really are when he loses his job—but in the process ends up leaving her out.

You can’t believe he keeps making bad decisions, each one supposedly destined to be “the” answer, the quick fix to all their problems. But knowing he really does love his wife and kids, you hang in there with him because you know he’s either going to crash and burn or he’s going to get a wakeup call that finally opens his eyes. And you want to be there when it happens.

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

 photo images_zps596bf42c.jpegMatt Damon (Greg Singer);




 photo images-1_zps5b832a03.jpegMichelle Williams (Nicole Singer);





 photo Unknown_zpsee21ae54.jpegLouis Gossett Jr. (Harry Bentley);





 photo Unknown-1_zpsd379f88b.jpegDella Reese (Estelle Bentley)






If the sky were the limit, what is one writing-related gift you would love to receive for Christmas?

Movie contract for The Yada Yada Prayer Group or Lucy Come Home.

Wouldn't that be wonderful?! 

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

Dave:  Wayfaring Stranger by James Lee Burke. He’s a superb artist of literary imagery that makes you feel the characters and settings of his stories..

Neta:  The Known World by Edward P. Jones. Amazing characterizations, painfully honest about the realities of slavery in the few years just before the Civil War, and yet many of the characters, both white and black, are complex, not all good, not all bad (though some are very very bad!). Won a Pulitzer Prize.

What are you working on now?

The fifth and final book in the Windy City Neighbors series, tentatively titled, Snowmaggedon. Projected release date: May 2015.

Where else can readers find you online?

Our web site: www.DaveNeta.com
FaceBook
Twitter

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

What do you see as the advantages or disadvantages of a series of novels that are interrelated—sharing characters, building on a history, a “world” that you enter that carries over into multiple books—vs. the stand-alone novel.

Or . . .

What would you, as a reader, be willing to do to help promote one of your favorite authors?

Thanks, Neta and Dave, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Neta and Dave have offered to give a signed copy of their book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, January 5. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Neta and Dave'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, December 22, 2014

Martha Rogers and Free Books!

 photo 61BMYwRtNTL_SY344_BO1204203200__zpsef611990.jpgShe hates guns and violence. He’s a cavalry officer. What will it take to resolve their differences for their love to prevail?

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the Kindle copy of The Snowbound Bride, by Davalynn Spencer, is:

cherie.conner624@ . . .

Congratulations! I'll get your email address to Davalynn today, 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 Martha Rogers, author of Love Never Fails (Realms, November 2014).

 photo 74_zpse844aeeb.jpg Martha Rogers is a free-lance writer and was named Writer of the Year at the Texas Christian Writers Conference in 2009 and writes a weekly devotional for ACFW.

Martha and her husband Rex live in Houston where they enjoy spending time with their grandchildren. A former English and Home Economics teacher, Martha loves to cook and experimenting with recipes and loves scrapbooking when she has time.

She has written three series, Winds Across the Prairie and Seasons of the Heart and The Homeward Journey. Book three in that series, Love Never Fails, released in November, 2014.

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

--I was a nursing student before I changed majors to become a Home Economics major in college.

--I took piano lessons for almost 4 years, but I don’t play the piano today.

--I busted my left knee when I was 14 playing football with the boys in my neighborhood.

Just shows how many of our plans "today" may not necessarily play out as we expect! 

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Love Never Fails.

 photo 61BMYwRtNTL_SY344_BO1204203200__zpsef611990.jpgWhen differences in beliefs about guns and violence drive Stefan and Molly apart, they can see no solution or compromise.

Then a hostage situation changes Molly’s mind, but it may be too late for a war injury has sent Stefan into retreat from life. It takes Molly’s faith and love for Stefan to show him God’s love never fails and will help Stefan overcome the injury that ended his military career.

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

Molly is headstrong and opinionated, but her faith in God drives her and teaches her that her opinions and attitudes are not always right, and she is willing to listen and make the changes.

If the sky were the limit, what is one writing-related gift you would love to receive for Christmas?

If money were no object, I would want an all expense paid conference, preferable the ACFW one or Mount Hermon.

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

The last novel I read was When Night Comes by Dan Walsh. I recommend it because it’s Dan and he’s a great writer. However, this is a departure from his usual stories, and I truly became caught up in the story and the plot that included twists and turns that kept me guessing.

What are you working on now?

I’m starting work on a new Christmas novel to be released in 2016. It will follow the family in my latest release for a Christmas in Stoney Creek.

Where else can readers find you online?

www.marthawrogers.com
 
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Finally, what question would you like to ask my readers?

I have several authors whose books I buy as soon as they are released. What is it about an author that will keep you returning to buy their books year after year?

Thanks, Martha, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Martha has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, December 29. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Martha'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 Margaret Daley, 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, December 18, 2014

Margaret Daley and Free Books!

 photo TheYuletideRescue-small_zps3b2c0109.jpgWith everyone Dr. Bree Mathison cares about most in peril, she and her rescuer, David Stone, must battle the Alaskan tundra and vengeful criminals to make it to the New Year.

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Masterpiece Marriage, by Gina Welborn, is:

homesteading@ . . .

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 Margaret Daley, author of The Yuletide Rescue (Love Inspired Suspense, December 2014).

 photo 1-MargaretDaleyphoto-jpg_zpsc1ea51b9.jpgMargaret Daley, an award-winning author of ninety books (five million sold worldwide), has been married for over forty years and is a firm believer in romance and love.

When she isn’t traveling, she’s writing love stories, often with a suspense thread and corralling her three cats that think they rule her household.

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

--I love ice cream and sometimes eat more than I should.

--I hate to exercise.

--The worst household task is dusting to me.

Margaret, I believe you've been reading my mind.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of The Yuletide Rescue.

 photo TheYuletideRescue-small_zps3b2c0109.jpgWhen Dr. Bree Mathison's plane plummets into the Alaskan wilderness at Christmastime, she is torn between grief and panic. With the pilot—her dear friend—dead and wolves circling, she struggles to survive.

Search and Rescue leader David Stone fights his way through the elements to save her.

David suspects the plane crash might not have been an accident, spurring Bree's sense that she's being watched. But why is someone after her? Suddenly Bree finds herself caught in the middle of a whirlwind of secrets during the holiday season.

With everyone she cares about most in peril, Bree and her promised protector must battle the Alaskan tundra and vengeful criminals to make it to the New Year.

The Yuletide Rescue is the first book in my new suspense series Alaskan Search and Rescue.

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

David Stone is a retired Air Force pilot who heads up and donates his time to the Northern Frontier Search and Rescue Organization. Having come from the war zone, he is struggling to find a place for him outside the military and mend his relationship with his daughter.

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

 photo Unknown_zpsaca17643.jpegMatt Bomer








 photo Unknown-1_zps183a058f.jpegand Carrie Underwood




If the sky were the limit, what is one writing-related gift you would love to receive for Christmas?

A new Mac Pro computer with at least 15 inch screen and lots of memory.

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

Firewall by Diann Mills—it was a great suspense story with lots of twists and turns.

What are you working on now?

The third book in the Alaskan Search and Rescue series. It is scheduled to be out next September.

Where else can readers find you online?

Website: www.margaretdaley.com
Facebook
Sign up for Newsletter
Twitter: @margaretdaley
Goodreads

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



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

When you think of Alaska, what comes to your mind? Would you like to visit Alaska?

Thanks, Margaret, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Margaret has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, December 29. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Margaret'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 Davalynn Spencer, 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, December 15, 2014

99 Cent Christmas E-Novel!

 photo Christmas_Morning_zps7638c18e.jpgIf you're looking for a fun Christmas-season novel, Guideposts just told Debby Mayne and me that it will have a 99 cent e-book sale of our Love Finds You on Christmas Morning available from today, December 15, through January 5. You can purchase the e-book via the following links:

Amazon Kindle

B&N Nook

Apple iBooks

Here's a quick summary of the two-story set:

Two women receive marriage proposals in the same house— 85 years apart. Love finds a home on Christmas morning in two heartwarming holiday stories.

Deck the Halls, by Debby Mayne

In 1925, the wealthy William Tronnier becomes smitten with the lovely but penniless Lillian Pickard. As Christmas descends on the picturesque town of Cary, North Carolina, William plans to make Lillian a proposal she can’t refuse.

'Tis the Season, by Trish Perry

Nikki Tronnier moves back home to Cary, North Carolina, with plans to buy back the beloved Tronnier family home built by her great-grandfather, William, for his bride, Lillian. But before she is able to make an offer, the handsome Drew Cornell buys the house just before Christmas.

Merry Christmas and happy reading!

And be sure to check out today's interview with Davalynn Spencer, below!


Davalynn Spencer and Free Books!

 photo 11_SnowboundBride_zpsc281a52a.jpgAra Taube will do almost anything to escape her heartless uncle—including hiding in a stranger’s buckboard and praying she survives the blizzard swirling around her as well as the blizzard in the eyes of a rugged horseman.

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Danger at the Border, by Terri Reed, is:

andrealschultz@ . . .

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 Davalynn Spencer, author of the e-novella, The Snowbound Bride (Barbour, December 2014).

 photo mug_2_zps5decc63f.jpg Davalynn Spencer writes Western romance, and it all started when a dark-eyed cowboy sauntered into her life and carried her off on the road to adventure.

As the wife and mother of professional rodeo bullfighters, Davalynn began her writing journey in the national rodeo market and as a newspaper journalist, winning awards in both arenas. Today she continues to win acclaim with her Western romance, placing second in the 2014 Inspirational Reader’s Choice Awards, and finaling for the Selah Award and the Holt Medallion.

Davalynn teaches writing at Pueblo Community College, and with her handsome cowboy has three children and four grandchildren. They make their home on Colorado’s Front Range with a Queensland heeler named Blue.

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

-- I don’t like shoes I have to tie.

-- I could live on Tootsie Rolls and Gummy Bears, and my husband feeds my habit.

-- I once used my Jeep to help the Colorado State Patrol with a roadblock and received a thank you letter from the local commander.

That last one sounds like a novel in the making, Davalynn! 

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of The Snowbound Bride.

Arabella Taube flees her heartless family and takes a position as a private tutor in Leadville, Colorado. But when a blizzard piles enough snow on the train tracks to strand her in Spruce City, she is certain she’s spied her uncle’s minion following her. Hastily, she hides in the back of the nearest buckboard, too stunned to alert the driver when he pulls away from the station.

Nate Horne hears a sneeze and it’s not his dog Beetle. He pulls his wagon to the roadside and his gun from its holster and orders the stowaway to show himself. But it’s a her. Far from town with a blizzard blowing, he insists the woman ride beside him the rest of the way to the ranch. Snowbound for several weeks, the gal joins in the family’s life and works into Nate’s heart.

Could his ma be right? Is Ara the answer to a prayer and the hope for his future?

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

Ara Taube is determined to make her own way—until she can’t. She can’t walk through the snow back to town, and she can’t send a message to her waiting employer explaining her delay. Nor can she explain what it is about the Horne family that makes her feel as if she belongs with them. Unloved by her own relatives, she’s never known such affection and acceptance.

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

 photo images_zpsf2787cd0.jpegNate Horne – Chris Hemsworth




 photo images-1_zps6889d907.jpegArabella Taube – Daniela Ruah




If the sky were the limit, what is one writing-related gift you would love to receive for Christmas?

Time.

Oh, boy, do I hear that.

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

I recently read Rachel Hauck’s The Wedding Dress and Jody Hedland’s A Noble Groom. Both are gripping tales that go deeper than a simple romance and reach to the core of love and commitment.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on a contemporary cowboy romance that begins with a chance meeting between a rodeo producer and a thoroughbred farm manager, continues with a long-distance (California-Kentucky) effort, and grows into … well, I don’t want to give too much away.

I also have a couple of historical romances, with cowboys of course.

One is set in 1910 during the silent movie era in Colorado prior to Hollywood. A cattleman falls for the movie company’s wardrobe gal, cropped hair and all, and helps her learn that though she’s suffered physically and emotionally, she can still love again.

The other story takes place in 1881 along the Arkansas River when a rancher hires a woman for the summer to help teach his daughter enough so he won’t lose the child to the conniving sister of his deceased wife. He just didn’t count on falling in love.

Where else can readers find you online?

www.davalynnspencer.com
Facebook
Twitter
Goodreads
Pinterest

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

How important is a character’s physical appearance to you? In other words, does every hero have to be handsome and every heroine beautiful?

Thanks, Davalynn, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Davalynn has offered to give a free Kindle copy of her e-book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, December 29. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Davalynn'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 Gina Welborn, 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, December 11, 2014

Gina Welborn and Free Books!

 photo masterpiece-marriage_zpsb982529e.jpgA desperate textile mill owner turns to his quilter aunt for help in saving his business and winning the woman he loves.

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Petticoat Detective, by Margaret Brownley, is:

lotsofbooks1@ . . .

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 Gina Welborn, author of Masterpiece Marriage (Abingdon Press, December 2014).

 photo GINA20122_zpsbb78f0f4.jpg Gina Welborn worked in news radio scripting copy until she fell in love with writing romances. She has written three Barbour novellas, including the 2014 Selah Award-finalist Mercy Mild in ECPA-bestselling Mistletoe Memories, with more novellas releasing in the next two years. She is also the author for three short historical romances.

A moderately obsessive fan of Community, Chopped, and Once Upon a Time, Gina lives in Cache, Oklahoma with her pastor husband, their five Okie-Hokie children, a boxer-lab, two rabbits, four guinea pigs, and a fancy Russian dwarf hamster named Tom Bob Deucalion.

Quite a menagerie! Please tell us three random things we might not know about you.

-- I have a wheat-sensitivity.

-- I lived in West Germany while my army father was stationed there.

-- This summer I played laser tag at Circus Circus with six teenage boys and my three girls, and I easily was the top point scorer. By hundreds of points. Not that I'm bragging. The facts are facts.

Sharp shootin' there, Tex.

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

 photo masterpiece-marriage_zpsb982529e.jpgMary Varrs prefers botany to romance.

She thinks studying the growth pattern of her tomato seedlings is more time-worthy than pursuing a mate. When she needs illustrations of her prized plants, Mary turns to Priscilla Dane Osbourne for help.

Zenus Dane also seeks help from his Aunt Priscilla. In order to salvage his flooded textile mill, he wants to sell her hand drawn quilt patterns alongside his repurposed fabric scraps. No quilter had national name recognition like his aunt, but Priscilla is fiercely protective of her patterns. Convincing her would not be easy.

It seems Priscilla is the answer to both their prayers. But Priscilla would rather weave a masterpiece marriage for her nephew than save his flooded business. Trouble is, her plans don’t include Mary, whose own growing attraction for the textiler could jeopardize Priscilla’s good will toward her. If faced with a decision between love and ambition, will Mary be able to choose?

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

For all his handsomeness, Zenus doesn’t always say the right thing around single women to whom he’s attracted. Who hasn’t experienced the embarrassment of saying something stupid or awkward to someone you like? I’m guilty.

My heroine Mary is caught between Society’s and the Church’s expectations of what a woman should be and what she wants to be. We don’t want to disappoint people we love. On the other hand, sometimes what the people we love want for us isn’t necessarily the best thing for us. Maybe not even what God desires.

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

 photo images23034PM_zps4208efc2.jpegWhen I was writing Masterpiece Marriage, I had just started watching the Teen Wolf TV series with my oldest daughter and youngest son. I’m not advocating Teen Wolf as a show for everyone to watch. Please exercise discretion and caution. Two actors on the show are Jill Wagner
 photo Unknown23034PM_zps66890098.jpegand Tyler Hoechlin. Tyler is a little younger than Zenus and Jill a little older than Mary, but I think both could capture the personality of my leads.



If the sky were the limit, what is one writing-related gift you would love to receive for Christmas?

A new laptop.

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

Undeniably Yours by Becky Wade and Five Days in Skye by Carla Laureano are the two best Christian romances I read this year. Both are award-winning, and deservedly so. I’ve never met Becky or Carla in person and have no writing connection to them other than we’re Facebook friends and members of ACFW. Both stories had spiritual threads intricate to the story. The sexual tension between the leads was realistic and plausible. The ending wasn’t clichéd or easy.

What are you working on now?

I just finished writing my next Barbour novella to release in May 2015. Baker’s Dozen is part of the Most Eligible Bachelor Collection. It’s my take on The Bachelor TV show. In addition, I have a fifth Barbour novella releasing in spring of 2016. All’s Fair is part of the Lassoed by Marriage Collection. I hope to have additional contract news to share soon.

Where else can readers find you online?

The easiest place to start is at my website, www.GinaWelborn.com. There you will find links to Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, e-mail, and more. The easiest and quickest way to contact me, though, is through Facebook.

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

A few Christmases ago, my older sister gave me a Pampered Chef Mix’n’Chop. I thought it was the stupidest gift ever. Once I used it to chop ground beef, I was so thankful. What disappointing Christmas gift did you receive that ended up turning into something you were quite glad to have?

Thanks, Gina, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Gina has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, December 18. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Gina'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 Sydney Avey, 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, December 8, 2014

Terri Reed and Free Books!

 photo ThumbnailThumbnailServlet_zps804e4cb1.jpegA fish biologist and a US Border Patrol agent team up to uncover a mysterious toxin polluting a lake in the Pacific Northwest, but what they find is so much more dangerous than they ever excepted.

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of The Lyre and the Lambs, by Sydney Avey, is:

lisajcowell@ . . .

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 Terri Reed, author of Danger at the Border (Love Inspired Suspense, September 2014).

 photo group110223_zps09f8ce2d.jpeg Terri Reed’s romance and romantic suspense novels have appeared on Publisher’s Weekly top 25, Nielsen’s Bookscan top 100 and featured in USA Today, Christian Fiction Magazine and Romantic Times Magazine. Her books have finaled in Romance Writers of America’s RITA contest, National Reader’s Choice Award contest and three times in American Christian Fiction Writers The Carol Award contest.

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

--I was a champion gymnast in high school.

--I have taught pre-school, coached gymnastics, modeled and worked in retail.

--I lived in Italy as an exchange student.

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

 photo ThumbnailThumbnailServlet_zps804e4cb1.jpegWhen a mysterious toxin threatens lives and livelihoods near the border between the U.S. and Canada, Dr. Tessa Cleary is called to trace the source. But when the no-nonsense doctor is forced to work with border patrol agent Jeff Steele, she finds the lone wolf's dedication to his job—and country—chipping away at the walls around her heart.

Just as Tessa and Jeff are about to uncover the toxin's deadly source, armed thugs kidnap them in the forest. Now they must trust each other to survive before time runs out for everyone.

Northern Border Patrol: Keeping the U.S.–Canadian border safe.

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

Dr. Tessa Cleary struggles to understand her place in the world, including her faith. She grew up in a broken home and questioned her parents love for her, just as she questions God’s love. She feels she must be independent at all times and must learn that being strong sometimes means leaning on someone else.

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

 photo images_zps38489536.jpegRachel Leferve as Dr. Tessa Cleary




 photo Unknown_zps77656b6d.jpegand Alex O’Loughlin as US Border Patrol agent Jeff Steele




If the sky were the limit, what is one writing-related gift you would love to receive for Christmas?

A treadmill desk.

Those certainly do look like they'd solve the problem of so much sitting, but I can't imagine being able to create while on one! I'm far too easily distracted. 

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

Five Days in Skye by Carla Laureano. I really enjoyed the story. I want to go to Skye now.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on the third installment of my Northern Border Patrol series. This will be a November 2015 release. The story centers around a Christmas tree farm, a drug smuggling ring and a DEA agent and the widow who owns the farm.

Where else can readers find you online?

www.terrireed.com
craftieladiesofromance.blogspot.com
books.harlequin.comd
loveinspiredauthors.blogspot.com

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

As the publishing world changes so does the way people buy their books. How often do you buy a book based on reviews? Do you find reviews helpful? Do you post reviews of books you read?

Thanks, Terri, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, in honor of the Christmas holidays, Terri has offered to give a signed copy of her Christmas book, Her Christmas Protector, to the winner of our drawing on Monday, December 15. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Terri'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 Margaret Brownley, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of the post to enter the drawing for a free copy of the book.

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Margaret Brownley, December Releases, and Free Books!

 photo PetticoatDetectivecoversmall_zps42f961f3.jpgWorking undercover is no job for a lady. But come Hades or high water, Jennifer Layne always gets her man.

Today we're revisiting Margaret Brownley, author of Petticoat Detective (Barbour, December 2014).

 photo Margaret_zpsec5db3f2.jpgNew York Times best-selling author Margaret Brownley has penned more than 30 historical novels and novellas. Her books have won numerous awards, including Readers' Choice and Award of Excellence. She's a former Romance Writers of American RITA® finalist and has written for a TV soap. She is currently working on a new series.

Not bad for someone who flunked eighth grade English. Just don't ask her to diagram a sentence.

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

--I work in a Monet purple office and sit on a big purple ball.

--I wrote my first novel at age 10.

-- I've been to all 50 states.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Petticoat Detective.

 photo PetticoatDetectivecoversmall_zps42f961f3.jpgPinkerton detective Jennifer Layne is no stranger to undercover work. But posing as a lady companion named Amy at Miss Lillian’s Parlor House and Boots is a first for her.

She’s finally landed a high-profile case and is on the trail of the notorious Gunnysack Bandit, when one of Miss Lillian’s girls essential to her investigation meets an untimely demise. Only a handful of people are in the house at the time of her death, including handsome Tom Colton, a former Texas Ranger determined to clear his brother’s name.

Amy has many reasons to suspect Tom of murder—and one very personal reason to hope that she’s wrong about him.

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

Jennifer Layne is haunted by something that happened when she was twelve years old. It's why she became a Pinkerton Detective. Her job is looking for bad guys, but her heart is searching, always searching, for someone else.

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

 photo images-1_zpsc2187ca3.jpegIt would have to be Jennifer Lawrence.

Yes, she's always good at that tough/vulnerable type!

If the sky were the limit, what is one writing-related gift you would love to receive for Christmas?

I would love to receive more hours in the day. Also a live-in cook. Hey, writers have to eat.

Both very smart choices, Margaret! I don't know many women who wouldn't love both of those gifts.

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

I'm behind on my novel reading because of all the research I've had to do, but the last novel I read was The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion. It's not for everyone, but I thought it was a quirky, delightful and entertaining read about a socially-inept man who turns finding a wife into a scientific project.

What a fun concept. I'll have to look into that one. I really enjoy quirky.

What are you working on now?

I just finished book three of my Undercover Ladies series and turned in a new novella. I'm about to start a new series that takes place in Two-Time, Texas.

Where else can readers find you online?

Pinterest
Website: www.margaretbrownley.com
Facebook
Twitter

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

The heroine of my book is a Pinkerton detective. Who is your all-time favorite literary, film or TV detective?

Great question. For me, it's a toss-up between Monk and Benedict Cumberbatch's Sherlock. Both quirky characters!

Thanks, Margaret, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Margaret has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, December 11. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Margaret'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 Sydney Avey, 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 to the bottom of this post to leave your comment, take a look at some of the excellent Inspirational fiction releasing this month!

Amish Romance:

Murder Tightly Knit (An Amish Village Mystery) by Vannetta Chapman -- As fall blankets the Pumpkinvine Trail with colorful leaves, a local Amish man is found dead on the path. For the federal investigator called in on the case, everyone is suspect. Even the Amish village knitting shop, The Cat's Meow, is implicated. Amber Bowman and Hannah Troyer know who isn't guilty-they know this community down to the last buggy, but can they find the guilty party before someone else is in danger? (Cozy Mystery from HarperCollins Christian Publishing [Thomas Nelson & Zondervan])

Contemporary Romance:

Raspberry Kisses by Cecelia Dowdy -- Facing eviction, pastor's widow Rhea Morrison must save her failing bakery. Her recently-injured twin sister, Raven, loans her money on one condition. Rhea must attend a singles retreat to spy on Martin Lane, Raven's new love interest. Disgruntled, Rhea attends the retreat and is attracted to Martin. When he, a former successful bakery owner, formulates a plan to save her business, will she be forced to choose between her twin sister's love and a second chance at romance? (Contemporary Romance, Independently Published)

Wayward Hearts by Susan Anne Mason -- Hairstylist Maxi North is thriving in one of Manhattan's classiest salons. But her father's death puts her plans on hold while she travels home to face her past. There, she is forced to confront unrequited feelings for her former best friend, Jason Hanley, as well as her deeply buried guilt over her younger brother's death. When his friend, Maxi North, and her mother almost perish in a fire, firefighter-in-training Jason Hanley becomes involved in helping them re-build their farmhouse. Can he and Maxi ever put aside their differences to find a future together? (Contemporary Romance from White Rose Publishing [Pelican])

Deep Freeze Christmas by Marian P. Merritt -- Louisiana Chef Leona Buquet agrees to cook at a Colorado mountain lodge during the Christmas holiday, never expecting to be taken by the friendly and good-looking son of a movie producer. Trouble is, with glamorous actresses clamoring for his attention, why would he even notice Leona? Cameron Fleming struggles with a career he hates in order to please his famous father. Then he meets Leona and determines to get to know her. That is hard to do while dodging starlets...and the woman he wants is avoiding him. Can love sizzle, along with the Cajun dishes, in subzero temperatures? (Contemporary Romance from White Rose Publishing [Pelican])

Historical Romance:

Her Honorable Enemy by Mary Davis -- For Charles Young, All's fair in love and war. The British soldier scorns the trappings of society life-including a society wife. So a posting in the remote San Juan Islands is perfect for him. But when an American girl crosses enemy lines, she turns his structured world upside down. As smart as she is fetching, Rachel Thompson's only experience with romance is the books she devours. But her father is determined that his spirited daughter make a suitable match. And a British officer could never be suitable. Can this real-life Romeo and Juliet triumph over the odds...or will their romance trigger the unthinkable-war? (Historical Romance from Heartsong Presents [Harlequin])

Love Unexpected (Beacons of Hope) by Jody Hedlund -- Stranded at Presque Isle port after her steamboat sank, Emma Chambers can't find work or even a place to stay. When a widowed lighthouse keeper and his young son arrive in town, a traveling preacher believes they might be the answer to each others' problems. After a hasty marriage, Emma is headed back to the lighthouse with this handsome but quiet stranger. Struggling with her new tasks of motherhood and domesticity at every turn, Emma also suspects Patrick may be keeping something hidden from her. In town she hears whispers about strange circumstances surrounding his previous wife's death, and it seems as though Emma's answered prayer for a home and family may actually be something much more dangerous. (Historical Romance from Bethany House [Baker Publishing])

A Most Inconvenient Marriage by Regina Jennings -- Having fled a difficult home life, Civil War nurse Abigail Stuart feels like her only friend in the world is sweet but gravely wounded patient Jeremiah Calhoun. Left with few options and fearing he won't survive, Abigail agrees to marry the dying Confederate soldier, then look after his sickly sister and take ownership of his farm back home. Just when his sister learns to accept her, the real Jeremiah Calhoun appears, puzzled to find a confounding woman posing as his wife. Jeremiah is determined to have his pre-war life back, but his own wounds limit what he can do on his own. Not fully convinced Abigail isn't duping him, he's forced to let the woman stay and help him--not admitting to himself she may provide the healing his family needs. (Historical Romance from Bethany House [Baker Publishing])

Colorado Dawn by Erica Vetsch -- Watch as God lights the way of love, despite the resolve of three Colorado men. A collapsing mine shaft made David Mackenzie blind and bitter, but Karen Worth will not give up on her unconditional love for him. Disillusioned by love, Sam Mackenzie reluctantly escorts a jobless and homeless Eldora Carter plus three orphans cross country. And just when that challenge seems too overwhelming, an avalanche descends. . . . Pastor Silas Hamilton falls for Willow Starr, an actress bound for New York City. But he's fairly sure the love between a pastor and an actress could never survive. . .could it? (Historical Romance from Barbour Publishing)

Masterpiece Marriage by Gina Welborn -- After a flood damages the looms at Zenus Dane's Philadelphia textile mill and the bank demands loan payment, Zenus turns to his aunt for help repurposing his textiles. Trouble is . . . his aunt has already been hired by the lovely yet secretive Englishwoman Mary Varrs. Eager to acquire his aunt's quilt patterns, Zenus attends the summer Quilting Bee, a social event his aunt has uniquely designed with the secret purpose of finding Zenus a wife. However Zenus only has eyes for Mary, but Mary has no such desire for him. Can he realize that love requires stepping out of his routine? And will she recognize that following her heart doesn't mean sacrificing her ambition? (Historical Romance from Abingdon Press)

The Snowbound Bride by Davalynn Spencer -- On the run from a heartless uncle, Arabella Taube hides in Nate Horne's farm wagon just as a harsh winter storm sweeps into Colorado. Despite Ara's mysterious background, Nate's mother thinks she is the answer to a prayer and the hope for his future. (Historical Romance from Barbour Publishing)

Historical Suspense:

Embers of Courage by Diane and David Munson -- ICE Special Agent Eva Montanna discovers the world is ablaze with danger when militants capture her task force teammate, NCIS Special Agent Raj Pentu, during a CIA operation in Egypt. She risks her life to defeat tyrants oppressing Christians, and is plunged into a daring rescue mission. Eva's faith is tested like never before as mysterious ashes, her ancient family Bible, and fifteenth century religious persecution collide with modern-day courage under fire. (Historical Suspense, Independently Published)

Romantic Suspense:

One Among Men by Connie Almony -- Samantha Hart is looking for purpose, like her missionary best friend, but is forced to take a job as a resident director of the all-male party dorm at the major state university where her prodigal past haunts her. Chris Johnson, a rock guitarist, has come back to school as a music major, and finds himself in a business relationship with the ruthless supplier of an on-campus drug ring. He's intrigued by the lady RD, while learning more about his musical gift and the God who gave it to him. Can he manage his two worlds without risking Samantha's life? (Romantic Suspense, Independently Published)

Navy SEAL Noel by Liz Johnson -- Abducted by a drug cartel, scientist Jessalynn McCoy's orders are simple-produce a deadly toxin, or be killed. She's desperate for help...she just never expected it from Will Gumble. The boy who let her down years ago is now a navy SEAL. She trusts his skills, his experience. Trusting the man is a different matter. Will's Christmas wish is to heal their damaged relationship and get them to safety. But time is running out and the stakes keep rising. Any mistake could mean the difference between facing the holidays together or apart forever. (Romantic Suspense from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Women's Fiction:

Love Defined (Remnants) by Elizabeth Maddrey -- July (pronounced "Julie") and Gareth have reached the end of their infertility treatment options. With conflicting feelings on adoption, they struggle to discover common ground in their marriage. Meanwhile, July's twin sister, June, and her husband, Toby, are navigating the uncertainties of adoption and the challenges of new parenthood. How much stretching can their relationships endure before they snap? (Women's Fiction from HopeSprings Books)

Happy reading!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Sydney Avey and Free Books!

 photo Unknown_zps31a8ea63.jpegA feast of family can be a plate load of problems!

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of A Christmas Promise, by Tamera Kraft, is:

pollydk1944@ . . .

and the winner of the signed copy of Swept Away, by Cindy Loven, is:

marthacfe@ . . .

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

I encourage readers to keep commenting and/or subscribe at right (above my list of books) in order to participate in future book give-aways! Subscribers are entered a second time when they comment.

And now let's revisit with novelist Sydney Avey, author of The Lyre and the Lambs (HopeSprings Books, September 2014).

 photo Unknown-1_zps7bfc24a0.jpeg Sydney and her husband divide their time between the Sierra Nevada foothills of Yosemite, California, and the Sonoran Desert in Arizona, with side trips to the Ozarks in Arkansas to visit their 91-year-mom; Bainbridge Island, Washington, to cavort with their daughter and grandchildren; and Santa Cruz, California to catch up with their son and his wife.

Sydney has a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of California, Berkeley, and a lifetime of experience writing news for non profits and corporations. Her work has appeared in Epiphany, Foliate Oak, Forge, American Athenaeum, and Unstrung (published by Blue Guitar Magazine) and Ruminate. She has studied at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival. She is the author of two novels, The Sheep Walker’s Daughter and The Lyre and the Lambs. 

Sydney blogs on topics related to love and mystery, family relationships, conflicts between generations, and how faith functions in real life.

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

-- I taught ballet in my grandmother’s dance studio in Los Altos.

-- I taught ESL to Germans in Bavaria.

-- I taught first grade to migrant workers’ children in Indio, California and creative writing to recovering addicts in a women’s shelter in San Jose.

Teach what you know! It’s a wonderful way to connect with people outside your normal sphere of influence. They will teach you as much as you teach them.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of The Lyre and the Lambs.

 photo Unknown_zps31a8ea63.jpegIt’s the Sixties. Modernity and tradition clash as two newlywed couples set up house together. Dee and her daughter Valerie move with their husbands into a modern glass house Valerie built in a proudly rural Los Altos, California neighborhood. When their young relatives start showing up and moving in, the neighbors get suspicious. Then a body is found in the backyard and the life they are trying to build comes undone.

Father Mike is back to guide Dee through a difficult time with humor and grace, even as his own life is unraveling. Now he’s going to have to take some of his own advice about love. The sequel to The Sheep Walker’s Daughter, The Lyre and the Lambs explores the passions that draw people together and the faith it takes to overcome trauma.

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

Dee, love her or hate her, she is real. I will let my reader’s speak for themselves on this one.

“Dee is so believable and familiar that I am thoroughly hooked. I hope there is a follow-on planned soon!! I want to grow old with Dee!!”

“Dee is a woman with a unique and authentic voice; she has an adult daughter, a new marriage, and a living situation that rattles some of her neighbors. Dee is a woman of faith, but this book is never overbearing or preachy—just real. Every character—from the troubled teen to the suspicious neighbor to the middle-aged priest without a congregation—feels absolutely as if they might step out of the pages of this exquisitely-written novel.”

“I like the lyrical way Dee brings us immediately into the happenings of her day. She loves her family and friends. I like her ability to convey tragic and sad events with compassion and ethos, shepherding and protecting us like lambs with her straightforward comments and introspection in spite of the fact that she is truly affected by the situations around her. I especially like the way the Eichler glass house conveys the idea that all of creation is open and exposed to God’s sight (Hebrews 4:13), and that a life without guile or hidden agendas is a free life indeed. These characters become open in their relationships, quests and connections with one another and for some, an unfeigned faith in God. It’s subtle and effective at the same time.”

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

 photo Unknown-2_zps9b8b99b7.jpegHonestly, I would toss my novel over the wall and trust the professionals to cast talented actors who would discover nuggets in my book that would cause me to sit up and say, “Really? That’s what you see? Wow!” but if it were me, I would go to the Sundance Film Festival and look for character actors for the older roles and some fun-to-watch quirky types for the young people like Ellen Page



 photo Unknown-3_zps818a6b6f.jpegand Mia Wasikowska.



If the sky were the limit, what is one writing-related gift you would love to receive for Christmas?

An all-expenses-paid trip to The Paris Writers Retreat, and a new MacBook Air to take with.

Ooooh, fun! 

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

I just finished Still Alice by Lisa Genova. I don’t know anyone who isn’t terrified on some level of developing Alzheimer’s, or watching a family member or friend succumb to this particularly horrifying disease. Genova tells the story of Alice from her unique point of view as a neuroscientist. More important, she tells a human story with a heart of compassion. Without faith, the temptation of give circumstances a push to end the pain is strong. Genova does readers a service by revealing the issues and inviting us to think deeply about our existence.

Yes, a movie is releasing based on that novel. It looks very sad, but very well done.

What are you working on now?

I’m drafting my third novel about a young man who realizes his potential against great odds. Fleeing an impoverished background, he sets in motion a lifelong struggle with a mentor whose motives are suspect, and a pattern of failed relationships that will entangle three women in his life.

Where else can readers find you online?

You can connect with me a number of ways:

Email: sydneyavey@gmail.com
Website: sydneyavey.com
Blog: sydneyavey.com/blog
Facebook
Twitter
LinkedIn
Pinterest


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

Is there a genre you have never considered reading before that you are tempted to try?

Thanks, Sydney, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Sydney has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, December 8. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Sydney'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.

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