WHAT'S IT GOING TO BE?

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!

Monday, December 28, 2015

Be Still and Let Your Nail Polish Dry Journal and Free Books!

With the same sassy attitude as the original 100-day, best-selling devotional, this 365-day version includes devotions for the whole year and journaling lines for every single day.

Before we address today's featured book, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Intertwined, by Jennifer Slattery, is:

tumcsec@ . . .

Congratulations! I'll email you for your address today and we'll get your book right out to you.

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 I'd like to draw your attention to a lovely, entertaining devotional/journal to which I had the pleasure of contributing this past year.

The Be Still . . . and Let Your Nail Polish Dry Journal (Ellie Claire, 2015) features daily devotions by Kristin Billerbeck, Andrea Boeshaar, Sandra D. Bricker, Gwen Ford Faulkenberry, Diann Hunt, Loree Lough, Debby Mayne, Cynthia Ruchti, and myself. Each devotion has a journaling space below, for you to capture your thoughts and prayers as they're inspired by the verses, discussion, and prayer for the day.

As the back cover states: Today's women are wives, moms, and businesswomen, juggling family, careers, responsibilities, and harried schedules. This devotional helps women take a little time for themselves every day to renew their spirits and grow closer to God . . . all in the time it takes to paint a set of fingernails.

This is a terrific book that will touch your heart and stir your feelings, conscience, and hope in different ways at different points in your life. So the lines for journaling after each day's devotional will make for very interesting reading in the future, as you reflect back and see how God has changed your life, one day at a time.

The book is available for purchase via the following buttons:



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I plan to give away a signed copy of Be Still to someone who leaves an answer below to the following question:

What were the circumstances when a daily devotion was exactly what you needed to hear that day?

I'll randomly draw a name from commenters next Monday, January 4. Be sure to answer the above question. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. The drawing is done by email, so leave your email address, 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.

I hope you all had a blessed Christmas and I wish you a beautiful New Year!

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 21, 2015

Jennifer Slattery and Free Books!

 photo Intertwined_N154121_zps3m1ldiga.jpg Abandoned by her husband, an organ procurement coordinator fighting to keep her job and her sanity encounters an old flame facing an unthinkable tragedy.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the e-copy of Cookies and Kisses, by Debby Mayne, Cecelia Dowdy, Lynette Sowell, and myself, is:

mitzi_wanham@ . . .

Congratulations! I'll get your e-book to you today.

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

And now let's chat with novelist Jennifer Slattery, author of missional novel, Intertwined (New Hope Publishers, September 2015).

What is "missional fiction," you ask? Here's what Jennifer has to say about that:

My publisher has created their own genre, which is “missional fiction”. Missional fiction is fiction that focuses on the central truths of the gospel and, hopefully, propels readers to take action and become a part of God’s unfolding kingdom story. You can read more about New Hope Publisher’s books in this article, written by their acquisitions editor: newhopepublishers.com

A bit about Jennifer:

 photo BCheadshot2013_zpsiwxd0m5l.jpgJennifer Slattery writes missional fiction for New Hope Publishers, Christian living articles for Crosswalk.com, and devotions for her personal blog as well as the popular Internet Café Devotions site.

She loves pointing women to Christ and their calling and specifically, helping writers grow in their craft. To that end, she works as a copyeditor for Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolina’s Firefly imprint, a rapidly growing publishing house that publishes authentic books with real characters dealing with real-life struggles.

When not reading, writing, or editing, she enjoys spending time with her real-life hero of 20 years and their college-aged daughter.

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

--I love peanut butter and ice cream, preferably mixed together.

--I had a strange obsession with William Shakespeare in my teenage years.

--I find leisurely strolls and quiet picnics more romantic than five-star restaurant dinners.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Intertwined.

 photo Intertwined_N154121_zps3m1ldiga.jpgThe main theme of my novel, or the moral premise, if you will, is forgiveness—for oneself and for others. For Tammy, she has some deep hurts—she was abandoned by her husband for another woman. That hurts!—but by holding on to them, she’s really hurting herself, and her future relationships.

My hero, Nick, has also experienced some incredibly deep emotional pain, and being the protector/provider he is, has blamed himself for it. To heal, he has to learn to forgive himself and release his self-loathing.

Both my hero and heroine need to learn to rest in Christ’s grace.

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

I think Tammy reveals a struggle most women face in today’s society. Many of us work outside the home, and we can feel incredibly passionate about our careers. I believe we all have a desire to leave a positive impact on our world.

But we also want to be there for our kids. Many times those two desires clash, and we find ourselves pulled between the two. So as readers read about Tammy’s struggle to balance her work, which she believes to be a calling, and her role as a mother, I believe they will be encouraged in their journey of working motherhood (or being a mother in ministry).

Write one sentence for us that tells us something about your main character as a child.

As her parents’ only daughter, and with a fiercely independent brother, Tammy’s always felt the need to prove herself.

Yet another reason many readers will identify with her, or at least sympathize with her.

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

I just read Redeeming Love for the second time, the first being when it first came out. And oh, my word—still one of my favorites!

What are you working on now? 

I just finished what I hope to be book three in my Midwestern Romance series and recently signed a contract for book two, tentatively titled Freedom to Love. I don’t have a release date for it yet, but here’s the blurb:

Three people held back by regret but one God to help them rise above.

Angela Meadows is ready for a clean slate, to launch a career, and to embrace her newfound freedom in Christ. But self-loathing and remorse for a life forever lost hold her back. When she encounters a single mom married to an incarcerated felon and her children, Angela’s shame becomes swallowed by something greater—compassion. Her past draws her to them, but will it drive away the only man she loves?

Where else can readers find you online?

They can pop by my website at jenniferslatterylivesoutloud or visit my group website at faithfriendschocolate.com. They can also connect with me on Facebook or at Twitter @JenSlattery

The book can be purchased online via the following button:



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

What are the top three novels you’ve read this year?

Great question! It's always great to get book recommendations. I would invite readers to include favorite books even if they're outside the inspirational genre. Many of us read a wide variety of books. But let us know if the book is mainstream, please.

Thanks, Jennifer, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel.

Readers, Jennifer has offered to give an signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, December 21.
To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Jennifer's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. The drawing is done by email, so leave your email address, 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 14, 2015

Cookies and Kisses and Free Books!

 photo Cookies and Kisses Boxed Set_zpswkbpomke.jpgRelax and enjoy these holiday love stories while you munch on a handful of delicious cookies made from the recipes at the end of each novella in this collection of contemporary romances set in Bethlehem, Connecticut.

Four childhood friends keep their beloved holiday tradition of a sleepover and Christmas cookie exchange that they started as teenagers.


Before we look at this week's book give-away, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Christmas Tails by Walter T. Mouse, by Jim Jeffers, is:

Swpaynter@ . . .

Congratulations! I'll email you for 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 I want to draw your attention to the fun Christmas e-romance collection, Cookies and Kisses, which I wrote with author friends, Debby Mayne, Cecelia Dowdy, and Lynette Sowell. The collection includes these four romance novellas:

 photo Cookies and Kisses Boxed Set_zpswkbpomke.jpgLove's First Stage, by Trish Perry: Anna Chesterfield earned a six-month trip to audition for the Manhattan theater through such odd circumstances, she’s certain God had a hand in it. And the kind attention from her benefactor’s smart, attractive, newly dateable son only convinces her further. But when she encounters several moral dilemmas, she struggles to know exactly why God led her to New York. Is it time to grow up or time to grow away from the future she’s craved all her life?

Kissing Carly, by Debby Mayne: In spite of the fact that David has shown interest in Carly, she doesn't give in to her own attraction for him. She's intimidated by the fact that he's one of the most eligible bachelors in town and adored by all. Besides, her own parents couldn't make their marriage work, so why should she think she'd do any better at romance? After a tragedy strikes, they're thrown together in an unusual way. Is it possible for Carly and David to see what they have between them? A few surprises are in store for her when she joins her friends for their annual cookie exchange.

Loving Luke, by Cecelia Dowdy: When Kim Taylor returns to Bethlehem to run her family’s cookie shop, her life is in shambles, plus she also doesn’t get along with her dad. She longs to fix the broken relationship she has with her father. She’s stunned when Luke Barnes, her former high school boyfriend, strolls into her cookie shop. Recently widowed, Luke has returned to Bethlehem to raise his daughter, Lisa, in a wholesome environment. Seeing Kim causes Luke’s dormant feelings to unfurl, but, falling for Kim is not on his agenda right now. Luke is struggling with a problem, and it looks like Kim is the only person that can help him solve his dilemma. Luke has already hurt her once, so, can she find the courage to trust him again?

A Recipe for Family, by Lynette Sowell: Heather Lambert is a single mom raising her seven-year-old daugher, Jenna with the help of her parents. She's managed to finish her marketing degree and works as head of marketing for Lambert Farms. Jenna's father moves back to town and says he's ready to be a part of Jenna's life. He realizes how much time he's lost with Jenna and regrets his earlier immaturity. It was easier to send a child support check every month instead of trying to build a relationship with his daughter. Jason sets out to woo Heather and convince her he's ready to be a father now. But then right before Christmas, a possible job offer comes up, one that would take him away--again.

The collection is available for purchase through the following button:














And I'm going to give a free copy of the e-collection to one of the commenters who answers the following question:

How are you doing with your Christmas preparations? Done shopping? Decorating? Baking? Making family plans? Or are you taking a less busy approach? How so?

I'll send an e-copy of the book to the winner of my drawing on Monday, December 21. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to my question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered.

The drawing is done by email, so leave your email address, 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 7, 2015

Sunni Jeffers, Walter T. Mouse (Jim Jeffers), and Free Books!

 photo Walter with his new book_zps00muuaw7.jpgChristmas Tails by Walter T. Mouse -- a rare collection of woodsy, wacky, heartwarming yarns about Christmas, family, and ranch living as seen through the eyes of a country mouse.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Love Finds You on Christmas Morning, by Debby Mayne and myself, is:

teamob4@ . . .

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

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

And now let's chat with novelist Sunni Jeffers and her husband Jim Jeffers, who is the author of the illustrated Christmas collection of humorous and nostalgic ranch adventures, Christmas Tails by Walter T. Mouse (Jim Jeffers, December 2015).

Tell us about yourself and Jim, Sunni.

 photo JimampSunni_small_zps0yz1q0pl.jpegHi, I’m Sunni Jeffers, novelist, but I’m not the only writer at my house. When we moved from the city 23 years ago to become ranchers in the great Northwest, I handed the task of annual Christmas letters to my husband. He was not thrilled.

But then he met Walter. That’s Walter T. Mouse, our resident ranch hand. Walter is a fount of country tales, woodsy wisdom, and wacky humor. Walter says, “No one ever reads Christmas letters ‘cause there ain’t nothin’ interesting in them. I write excitin’ things that happen at the ranch ‘cause that’s what people want to read.”

And it seems he’s right. His Christmas letters have delighted our family and friends for years. My husband Jim finally compiled Walter’s stories into a charming Christmas book. So this year I’m introducing Jim Jeffers and Walter T. Mouse, a great writing duo.

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

--Jim and I are living our fourth lifetime together. Ten years of Navy life, eighteen years operating a security sales and service business, seventeen years as ranchers, raising Scottish Highlanders, hay, timber, and assorted livestock, and now four years on the road full time. Walter is traveling with us, and all three of us are writing “on the road.”

--I’m not afraid of snakes. I’ll pick up most of them (non-poisonous). But don’t ask me to climb a ladder.

--I’m a foodie. Love creating new recipes. Sometimes it works out great. Sometimes, not so much. Jim and Walter try them all. I’ve posted some of my best successes on my website.

Oh, your life sounds so fun! 

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Christmas Tails with Walter T. Mouse.

 photo Walter with his new book_zps00muuaw7.jpgChristmas Tails is filled with adventures, fully illustrated by an amazing artist from Romania.

Walter T. (the) Mouse takes on bank robbers, ice-skating dogs, cats, chickens and Scottish Highland cows. He’s a helpful mouse, which gets him, and Jim, in plenty of trouble, but he always manages to save the day. His stories contain at least a smidgen of truth, and they’re delightful for the entire family.

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

Walter is getting on in years, and he’s a bit tattered. Life on a ranch is hard work, don’t you know?

But that doesn’t stop him. He’s full of life and a love for adventure, and he isn’t afraid to take on anything. Living in the country, he has accumulated a wealth of homespun wisdom and humor over the years.

He loves to spin a good tale, and doesn’t mind embellishing the truth a bit to make it more interesting. He’s wily and sometimes gets into things and places he doesn’t belong, but he’s loving and loyal. He has saved the day many a time. And he’s happy to tell you all about it.

Write one sentence for us that tells us something about Walter as a little one.

Walter loved exploring, especially around the ranch house, and he was faster than all the other mice, which served him well.

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

Walter is enjoying Humor for the Holidays: Stories, Quips, and Quotes for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years, a fun compilation by lots of wonderful authors. Jim and I love it, too.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on a brand new Christmas novella for Guideposts Books series, Miracles of Marble Cove. It will be out in time for next Christmas.

Walter and Jim are working on a new collection, Ranch Tails, with more stories of life at Gold Hill Ranch.

Where else can readers find you online?

Sunni’s website is www.sunnijeffers.com.
Walter’s website is www.waltertmouse.com

The book can be purchased online via the following button:











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

If you had a friendly mouse living in your house, what would be his (or her) funniest Christmas story from your house?

That's a tough one! Readers, you can keep it short--just tell us in a sentence or two what it would involve.

Thanks, Sunni, Jim, and Walter, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel.

Readers, Walter has offered to give an signed copy of his book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, December 14.
To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Susan's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. The drawing is done by email, so leave your email address, 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, November 30, 2015

Love Finds You on Christmas Morning and Free Books!

 photo Christmas_Morning_zps7638c18e.jpgTwo women receive marriage proposals in the same house — 85 years apart.

Before we consider today's novel, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of The Christmas Joy Ride, by Melody Carlson, is:

andantespirit08@ . . .

Congratulations! I'll email you for 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.

Today I'm featuring the Christmas book I wrote with Debby Mayne a few years ago, Love Finds You on Christmas Morning (Summerside/Guideposts). Next week I'll give away a signed copy of the book to one of the commenters to today's post.

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

In this contemporary romance, 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.

Here's a fun video about the book: Love Finds You on Christmas Morning video

You can purchase the book via the following links:



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To enter the drawing for the signed copy of the book, share your comment with my readers about this: I love receiving novels as Christmas gifts, and I love Christmas shopping for book lovers. How do you feel about giving and receiving books at Christmas?

"Please enter me" won't get you entered. The drawing is done by email, so leave your email address, 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.

Merry Christmas and happy reading!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Melody Carlson and Free Books!

 photo CHRISTMAS JOY RIDE_zpsjm49k2hb.jpgA young woman, an elderly woman, an old motor-home, and a cross-country Christmas trip down Route 66—what could possibly go wrong?

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the e-copy of Island Christmas, by Kimberly Rose Johnson, is:

vherlock@ . . .

Congratulations! We'll get your e-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 Melody Carlson, author of the feel-good Christmas novella, The Christmas Joy Ride (Revell, September 2015).

 photo 4 M Carlson Oct 10_zpscqogumho.jpgOne of the most prolific authors of our time, Melody Carlson published more than 200 books for teens and adults--with total sales of over 6.5 million. Several of her books have been finalists for, and winners of, various writing awards, including the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award.

Melody and her husband have two grown sons and one granddaughter. They live in Oregon, splitting their time between the mountains and the coast.

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

-- I would love to be a house-flipper . . . maybe someday.

-- I love to travel and ‘camp’ in our motor-home, which looks a lot like the one on this book-cover.

-- I plan to keep writing books into my old age (and many people in my family lived to nearly 100).

I think the cover of this book looks so fun. I can see the pleasure of touring the country in one of those.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of The Christmas Joy Ride.

 photo CHRISTMAS JOY RIDE_zpsjm49k2hb.jpgElderly Joy Jorgenson loves Christmas so much that she’s hosted a website called Christmas Joy for several years. But when it’s time to relocate to a retirement home, she decides to make a cross-country trek down Route 66 shortly before Christmas. Her plan is to spread Christmas Joy to some deserving people along the way.

Joy entices her young neighbor Miranda, who is disenchanted with life, to join her. Together they plan to drive an old motor-home, gaudily decorated for the holidays, from Chicago to Phoenix. Spreading Christmas cheer in some unexpected places, the two women encounter numerous surprises and some life-changing moments along the way.

What is it about Joy and Miranda that will make your readers care about them?

Joy Jorgenson is a perennial optimist—her greatest joy comes from helping others. Miranda Fortner has been beat up by life—recovering from a bad divorce, she’s about to lose her home to foreclosure.

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

 photo Unknown_zpsx1rufkcc.jpegWell, I was just talking to a producer about this and she suggested Carol Burnett for Joy Jorgenson, which would be a hoot.

What a great image for that character!

What is something in your writing-industry experience that made you laugh or at least smile?

The nearly daily letters that I get from teen girls who’ve read TrueColors or Diary of a Teenage Girl series almost always brings a big smile to my heart. And sometimes they make me laugh too.

There's nothing like reader mail to remind you that you're doing the right thing.

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

The Senator's Choice by Noel Nash (a pen name for a friend of mine) but I just read this to endorse it and it’s really good! My husband liked it too. It releases soon.

What are you working on now?

I’m just finishing my final Dear Daphne book (book 4) titled A Will, a Way, and a Wedding.

 photo Unknown-1_zpssohx9u64.jpegThe third book releases in a couple of weeks (Home, Hearth, and the Holidays). My Dear Daphne readers have been waiting patiently for these books.

Where else can readers find you online?

I’m on facebook and my website is www.melodycarlson.com

The book can be purchased online via the following button:



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

I’m always curious as to where readers get their books, and if they prefer eBooks or print.

Thanks, Melody, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel.

Readers, Melody has offered to give signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, November 30.
To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Melody's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. The drawing is done by email, so leave your email address, 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, November 16, 2015

Kimberly Rose Johnson and Free Books!

 photo Island Christmas Cover_zpsyxufbo6o.jpgShould Rachel take a risk, or play it safe and possibly lose the man who could help fulfill her dreams?

Today we're chatting with novelist Kimberly Rose Johnson, author of the Inspirational women's fiction novel, Island Christmas (Mountain Brook Ink, October 30, 2015).

 photo IMG_4314-2 Publicity_zpsyeh1kckn.jpgKimberly Rose Johnson writes sweet inspirational romance.

She married her college sweetheart 25 years ago. Her hobbies include reading, watching chick flicks, playing the piano, long walks with her hubby and their yellow lab, drinking coffee and eating way too much dark chocolate.

Kimberly holds a degree in Behavioral Science and is a member of ACFW.

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

--As a kid I wanted to be a secret agent when I grew up.

--When I first started writing I wrote romantic suspense, but never sold any of those manuscripts. I switched genres to contemporary romance and sold the first one I wrote.

--I changed my major three times in college. I started as an elementary education major, switched to piano performance and ultimately ended up with a degree in Behavior Science with a minor in music.

I like the flexible spirit suggested by your three items.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Island Christmas.

 photo Island Christmas Cover_zpsyxufbo6o.jpgSous Chef Rachel Narrelli returns to Wildflower Island looking for a fresh start for herself and her young son, but discovers that life has a lot of bumps in the road even on idyllic Wildflower Island. She is grateful when new friend Chris Campbell offers support as she faces obstacles with her new job and new life. She cares for Chris but must decide if she is willing to risk her heart to a man with an uncertain future.

A self-proclaimed workaholic, Chris Campbell comes to Wildflower Island hoping to take life at a slower pace. When a new guest at the Wildflower B&B catches his eye, he is drawn to her. But how will a woman and her young son fit into his future—a future that’s uncertain at best? And most of all, how can he reconcile her lack of faith in God with his strong religious beliefs.

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

Rachel is a courageous young widowed mother who has worked hard to get where she is, but life keeps knocking her down.

All the men in Chris’s family have died young from heart attacks. Chris believes this could be his fate as well and has worked hard to stay heart healthy, but when it’s not enough he moves to Wildflower Island for a slower pace. While there he meets Rachel and her young son and suddenly he’s not content to accept his family history.

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

 photo images_zpsh3tnasbp.jpegChris would be played by Bradley Cooper





 photo Unknown_zpssgizy0ze.jpegand Rachel would be played by Alexis Bledel—I’m a huge Gilmore Girls fan and would be honored to have her play the part. ☺

What is something in your writing-industry experience that made you laugh or at least smile?

Several years ago at one of the summer Oregon Christian Writer’s Conferences, Liz Curtis Higgs was the keynote speaker. My goodness she is funny. I think I was crying at times from laughing so hard.

Oh, yes. She was the keynote at one of the American Christian Fiction Writers conferences several years ago. She is hilarious. And terrifically motivational.

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

I just finished reading My Brother's Crown by Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould. At first I wasn’t sure I would like it because it has two stories within the story line, one takes place in present day the other several hundred years ago. Then I realized how important one story was to the other and how you wouldn’t have the present day story without the historical one. It was exceptionally written and a page-turner. It’s also part of a series so there is a continuing mystery thread.

I also really liked Kept by Sally Bradley. This book is unlike most books Christian books I’ve read. It’s one of those stories you need to read to understand what I’m saying, but I couldn’t put it down.

What are you working on now?

I’m currently writing Island Hope the fourth book in the Wildflower B&B Romance Series. This book will release in April 2016. The release spread between books is further on this one. I hope readers will subscribe to my newsletter so I can let them know when it releases. It’s easy to subscribe from my website.

Where else can readers find you online?

My website ☺ www.kimberlyrjohnson.com and I am a contributing blogger at www.inspyromance.com

The book can be purchased online via the following button:














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

Since this is a Christmas book, what is your favorite Christmas memory?

I’ll share mine. When I was a kid my family drove to California to spend Christmas with my Grandma. We were still traveling Christmas morning and had stopped at a rest stop. In those days seatbelts weren’t required and my sister and I sat in the back of our Datsun pickup on beanbags. There was a boot that connected the back to the cab. Anyway, my parents stopped to give us our Christmas stockings and handed them to us through the boot. She opened our gifts in full view of anyone who cared to watch through our windshield. I’ll never forget this one woman who stood there the entire time with a big smile just watching my sister and I enjoy our Christmas morning stocking at the rest stop. ☺

Thanks, Kimberly, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel.

Readers, Kimberly has offered to give an e-copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, November 23.
To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Kimberly's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. The drawing is done by email, so leave your email address, 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, November 9, 2015

Cookies and Kisses and Free Books!

 photo Cookies and Kisses Boxed Set_zpszv9vrgt3.jpgRelax and enjoy these Christmas love stories while you munch on a handful of delicious cookies made from the recipes at the end of each novella in this collection of contemporary romances set in Bethlehem, Connecticut. 

Four childhood friends keep their beloved holiday tradition of a sleepover and Christmas cookie exchange that they started as teenagers.

This e-novella collection is currently free on Amazon!

Before giving you the details and link, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Better Than Chocolate: Tasty Morsels of God's Goodness, by Debby Maybe and me, is:

mauback55@ . . .

Congratulations! I'll email you for your mailing address, and I'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, just to give you a little more information on the four novellas in this fun new romantic e-collection, here's a thumbnail description:

The love stories in Cookies and Kisses show how these four friends' lives have changed over the years and what motivates them when they meet the men who make them weak at the knees.


  • In Love's First Stage, by Trish Perry, Anna has a chance to pursue her dream career and the possibility of love, but at what cost?
  • In Kissing Carly, by Debby Mayne, after years of a secret crush on the boy next door, Carly has to face some important realities that can alter the direction of her future.
  • In Loving Luke, by Cecelia Dowdy, Kim's life is a mess, so she returns to Bethlehem to run the family bakery and runs into someone who dredges up some old feelings she thought she'd lost.  
  • In A Recipe for Family, by Lynette Sowell, single mom Heather has to decide whether or not to let her daughter's father back into her life—and possibly into her heart.

For a limited time the set is available for free download on Amazon by clicking on the following button:














I hope you'll take advantage of the offer before the set goes back to its regular selling price.

And I hope you'll get in the mood for a lovely Christmas holiday while reading these entertaining, uplifting stories!

 Happy reading!

Monday, November 2, 2015

Better Than Chocolate, Free Books, and November Releases!

 photo Better Than Chocolate hi res_zpswaqhe0k7.jpgEvery woman has time for chocolate. Taking a moment to delight in the Lord is even better.

Before we consider today's book, I want to announce that the winner of the e-copy of The Reliable Cowboy, by Susan Page Davis, is:

teamob4@ . . .

Congratulations! We'll get your e-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 I'd like to draw your attention to (and give away) one of my latest releases, Better Than Chocolate: Tasty Morsels of God's Goodness (Broadstreet Publishing, August 2015), a book of devotions Debby Mayne and I wrote together.

Better Than Chocolate is a collection of daily devotionals that busy women can read and enjoy while having their morning cup of coffee, running errands with the kids, waiting for an appointment, or ending the day and turning off the light.

Debby and I have put together 365 nuggets for you to savor each day of the year, addressing the joys and concerns we all share as women.

The book is small but hefty and would make a fantastic Christmas gift for the women on your gift list!

Better Than Chocolate can be purchased at fine bookstores and online via the following buttons and links:




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And next week I'm going to randomly draw a name from commenters, below, to send a free, signed copy of the book. To enter the drawing, please tell us your experience with devotionals. Do you use them daily? Sometimes for me, a devo is my only "study" for the day, and I'm always glad to have a good devotional book on hand.

"Please enter me" won't get you entered. The drawing is done by email, so leave your email address, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com. 

And as you scroll to the bottom of this post to leave your comment, take a look at the phenomenal inspirational fiction being released this month!

Biblical Fiction:

The Master's Calling by Amber Schamel -- A young Jew travels to Jerusalem in hopes of becoming a disciple of the Messiah, only to discover that Jesus has already been crucified. Did Israel's deliverance die with him? (Biblical Fiction, Independently Published)

Contemporary Romance:

Merry Kisses by Valerie Comer -- Can a disillusioned toy store clerk and a mall Santa resolve their differences in time for merry kisses at Christmas? (Contemporary Romance, Independently Published)

Catch of a Lifetime by Candee Fick -- When his star receiver teeters on the brink of ineligibility, the rookie college coach and the bitter tutor must work together to salvage the season ... without igniting a scandal. (Contemporary Romance from Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas)

Yuletide Cowboys by Arlene James and Deb Kastner -- The Cowboy's Yuletide Reunion by Deb Kastner When Sarah Kendrick meets her high school sweetheart again, she's ashamed to show Marcus Ender how far she's fallen. But when they're snowed in on her ranch, and he returns holiday joy to her family, Sarah could have a merry Christmas…if she'll say yes. The Cowboy's Christmas Gift by Arlene James An injury forces rodeo rider Matt Ender home to his family's ranch—where he clashes with his grandmother's pretty business partner. Former cowgirl Neely Spence has no time for love. Can they open their hearts and find family this Christmas? (Contemporary Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Island Christmas by Kimberly Rose Johnson -- Sous Chef Rachel Narrelli returns to Wildflower Island looking for a fresh start for herself and her young son. When she starts to care for Chris Campbell, can she risk her heart? A self-proclaimed workaholic, Chris comes to Wildflower Island hoping to invest in the hot real estate market and take life at a slower pace. When a new guest at Wildflower B&B catches his eye he is smitten, but how will a woman and her young son fit into his future, when he’s not even sure he will have a future due to a heart condition? (Contemporary Romance from Mountain Brook Ink)

Rancher for the Holidays by Myra Johnson -- Downsized from his corporate job, Ben Fisher's donning boots and a cowboy hat to try ranching through the holidays on his uncle's spread. The handsome city slicker turns heads wherever he goes—but he soon begins to fall for one special redhead. Marley Sanders has the work-obsessed bachelor doing the unthinkable—volunteering in the community and dreaming of wedding bells and babies. But his sweet country girl insists she's never leaving Alpine, Texas, and he's set to ride out with the first job offer. Unless Marley can convince him to take the job of her forever cowboy. (Contemporary Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Isle of Hope by Julie Lessman She's the town flirt serving up trouble; He's a pastor's kid bent on serving God, but when time and tragedy separate them for eight years, the tables are turned, begging the question: Can a wild girl gone good rebuilt bridges she's burned? (Contemporary Romance, ACFW QIP [Qualified Independently Published])

Romance:

Christmas with the Colburns by Keely Brooke Keith -- It’s Christmastime in Good Springs, and Lydia Bradshaw is eager for the light at the end of her year—the Colburn family’s big holiday gathering. When she discovers none of her siblings are coming back to the village this year, she believes Christmas will be ruined. As Lydia faces a gloomy holiday in the Colburn house, an unexpected romance brightens her favorite season. Will it be enough to rekindle the light of Christmas? (Romance, Independently Published)

Historical Romance:

Fragile Blessings by Susan M. Baganz -- In the late 1800’s, Grant and Lily have established their farm amongst the bluffs of western Wisconsin. As they anticipate the birth of their first child, tragedy strikes. With shaken faith and grief driving a wedge between them, is it possible for three orphans to heal Grant and Lily’s heart and relationship? (Historical Romance from Inspired [Prism Book Group])

Tabitha by Vikki Kestell -- Rescued from a life of depravity, fiery-haired, fiery-tempered Tabitha Hale gives her heart to God and her life to nursing. But what will Tabitha do with her feelings for British pilot Mason Carpenter, the man who refuses to give up on her? When the Great War erupts, Carpenter leaves for England to train British pilots. Soon after, Tabitha hears God’s call to nurse the war wounded. Will the elite British Nursing Service accept the services of an American volunteer? Is it possible for two people with such different callings upon their hearts to share a future? (Historical Romance, Independently Published)

In This Together by Gail Elaine Kittleson -- After losing her son in World War II and her husband soon after, Dottie makes do, but her next door neighbor's sudden interest in her, his haunting World War I memories and her faraway daughter's dire need intersect in unexpected ways. Can Dottie overcome her fear of enclosed spaces to board a train and step into a new life? (Historical Romance from Wild Rose Press)

Sofia's Tune by Cindy Thomson -- Scrambling to keep her job and care for her mother, Sofia is convinced confronting the past will heal all wounds, but her old world Italian family wants to keep the past in the past. (Historical Romance, Independently Published) Historical: The Last Truth by Leann Harris -- Linette Van Linder enters into a marriage of convenience to fight the Nazis and free her family. (Historical Romance, ACFW QIP [Qualified Independently Published]) The Peacock Throne by Lisa Karon Richardson -- When Miss Lydia Garrett's guardian is murdered, and the authorities refuse to investigate the odd circumstances, she vows to catch the culprit. The same night the Earl of Danbury is murdered in his bed. Against all odds it appears that the murders are related?and Anthony Douglas, the new Lord Danbury, is bent on revenge. The clues point to the former earl’s first naval command. In 1758 the earl spirited away and hid the magnificent Peacock Throne at the behest of the Indian royal family. To draw out the murderer, Anthony and Lydia agree that they must locate the throne. They are not the only ones interested in the Peacock Throne, however. Marcus Wiltshire, a British intelligence, has received hints that Bonaparte intends to return the throne to India and leverage its mystical significance to foment rebellion and cut England off from her most important trading partner. When the amateur sleuths join forces with the professional agent, the quest for the throne leads them around the globe on an adventure steeped in danger, treachery, and romance. (Historical from Lion Fiction [Monarch Publishing])

Romantic Suspense:

The Christmas Bell Tolls by Robin Caroll -- When an FBI agent's child is abducted, he is forced to sit on the sidelines of the investigation and put his faith in the one woman he's not sure he can trust. (Romantic Suspense, ACFW QIP [Qualified Independently Published])

High-Caliber Holiday (First Responders) by Susan Sleeman -- Sniper Brady Owens has lost his confidence on the FRS team’s last callout, but he better find it fast if he’s to protect Morgan Thorsby from a stalker bent on murder. (Romantic Suspense from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Supernatural Thriller:

Trial & Tribulations by Rachel Dylan -- High-powered attorney Olivia Murray arrives in Windy Ridge to defend a New Age tech company and discovers there is much more to the case than the legal claims—forces of darkness are at work. Windy Ridge quickly turns from quiet Chicago suburb to spiritual battleground, and Olivia must rely on her faith to defend against legal and spiritual attacks. Olivia finds a friend and unlikely ally in Opposing Counsel Grant Baxter. Once a skeptic about faith, he ultimately comes to her aid when she needs it most. Will she be able to help good triumph over evil before the town of Windy Ridge is torn apart? (Supernatural Thriller, Independently Published)

Young Adult:

The Golden Braid by Melanie Dickerson -- In this Rapunzel story set in Medieval Germany, Rapunzel discovers her true identity and falls in love with a noble knight who needs some saving of his own. (Young Adult Historical Romance from HarperCollins Christian Publishing [Thomas Nelson and Zondervan])

Happy reading!

Monday, October 26, 2015

Susan Page Davis and Free Books!

 photo Reliable Cowboy_zpsvplu03n9.jpgWhat would keep a cowboy away from his own wedding?

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Another Way Home, by Deb Raney, is:

happygrammaof3@ . . .

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

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

And now let's chat with novelist Susan Page Davis, author of the historical romance, The Reliable Cowboy (Forget-Me-Not Romances, August, 2015).

 photo Susan Page Davis cropped_zps3o8vopso.jpgSusan Page Davis is the author of more than sixty published novels.

A Maine native, she now lives in Kentucky with her husband Jim, a retired news editor. They have six grown children and ten grandchildren.

Susan is a two-time winner of the Inspirational Readers’ Choice Award, and also a winner of the Carol Award and the Will Rogers Medallion, and a finalist in the WILLA Awards and the More Than Magic Contest.

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

--I am a certified farrier (blacksmith).

--My zucchini bread has won a blue ribbon at a state fair.

--I’ve been to Lake Louise, Mammoth Cave, Montezuma’s Castle, and Stonehenge.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of The Reliable Cowboy.

 photo Reliable Cowboy_zpsvplu03n9.jpgIsabella Johnston lost her husband to the sea, and now she wants to get as far from the coast as she can. She is tired of always worrying about men on the water. When she hears about a plan to send mail-order brides from her church to Wyoming Territory, she sees it as the ideal chance to move far from the ocean. She leaves Maine to marry a cowboy, reasoning that he will be safe on the ranch.

Edwin Gray puts his name on the list for a mail-order bride. Afterward, he wonders if that was a mistake. If a bride comes for him, and he doesn’t get the promotion to foreman, how can he marry her? Isabella arrives, and they wait for word from his boss.

Every time Edwin is late for an engagement, she finds herself worrying. Has he had an accident, the way her first husband did? What could be horrible enough to make him late for their wedding?

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

Isabella has left all her friends and family behind in Maine to start a new life with a man she has never met. She wants to be a good wife to him, but she’s terrified.

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

 photo images_zpsh1jtwc23.jpegJennifer Lawrence





 photo images-1_zpstvhlhgxa.jpegand Liam Hemsworth.





How do you restart the creative juices when you feel a block coming on?

Take a break—watch Jeopardy or solve a puzzle.

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

I read an advance copy of Kim Vogel Sawyer’s upcoming book Room for Hope, and I loved it. It’s a historical novel with an unusual twist. It releases in February, 2016.

And I believe it's available on pre-order now.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on a new project I’m very excited about. Guideposts is presenting a new series called Tearoom Mysteries, and I am writing the first book. I will also have a new novella, The Cowboy Poet, coming out in March in the collection called The Cowboy’s Bride (from Barbour Publishing).

Where else can readers find you online?

www.susanpagedavis.com. On my website, you can see all my books, sign up for my newsletter, enter a monthly drawing, and read a short story on my “Romance” tab.

Facebook is my author page.

www.hhhistory.com is a history blog where I post on the 23rd of each month.
Follow me on Twitter @SusanPageDavis

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

What do you feel, and what do you do, when someone you care about is late for an important appointment?

Thanks, Susan, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel.

Readers, Susan has offered to give an e-copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, November 2.
To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Susan's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. The drawing is done by email, so leave your email address, 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, October 19, 2015

Deborah Raney and Free Books!

 photo anotherwayhome_zpsyrgzpyz5.jpegDanae and Dallas Brooks have been trying for years to start their family, but with no baby in sight, they’re beginning to wonder why God keeps saying “no” to their dreams.

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Embers, by Ronie Kendig, is:

kystorywriter@ . . .

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

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

And now let's chat with novelist Deborah Raney, author of Women’s Fiction novel, Another Way Home (Abingdon Press, October 2015).

 photo DeborahRaney2014_zps25y4euxu.jpeg Deborah Raney's first novel, A Vow to Cherish, inspired the World Wide Pictures film of the same title and launched her writing career after 20 happy years as a stay-at-home mom.

Since then, her books have won numerous awards including the RITA, National Readers Choice Award, HOLT Medallion, the Carol Award, and have three times been Christy Award finalists. Deb's newest novel, Another Way Home, released this month as the third book in The Chicory Inn Novels series for Abingdon Press Fiction.

Deb enjoys teaching at writers' conferences across the country. She and her husband, Ken Raney, recently traded small-town life in Kansas ––the setting of many of Deb's novels––for life in the (relatively) big city of Wichita where they enjoy gardening, antiquing, movies, and traveling to visit four children and a growing brood of grandchildren who all live much too far away.

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

— I speak Pig-Latin fluently! (It was the secret language my parents spoke when they didn’t want us five kids to know what they were talking about. My mom was none too happy when Daddy taught us how to speak it!)

— I gave birth to our first son in the ‘70s, a son and daughter in the ‘80s, and an “oops” baby, our youngest daughter in 1990. This means we had kids at home for thirty-three years of our lives! We are really enjoying the empty nest! 😉

— I have a collection of well over 70 coffee mugs. They live in my office on the coffee bar because there’s no room in the cupboards!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Another Way Home.

Grant and Audrey are adding grandchildren to their family left and right, but middle daughter, Danae, and her husband, Dallas Brooks, have been trying for years with no baby in sight. Though Danae is ready to consider adoption, Dallas will not even discuss it.

Despairing of ever having a family of her own, Danae decides to pour her passion and energies into volunteer work with a newly opened women's shelter in town. Looking for a good cause to fill her lonely days, she never expects to give her heart to the hurting women she meets there.

She's finally learning to live her life with gratitude, but then heart-wrenching events on Thanksgiving weekend threaten to pull the entire Whitman clan into turmoil... and leave them all forever changed.

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

I think many readers will be able to relate to both Dallas and Danae in their quest to have a child. As a woman who experienced a short period of infertility, and a longer time of secondary infertility, I remember how hard it was to watch all my friends add babies to their families and to wonder if I would ever be a mom. And then, after our son was born, to wonder if we’d be raising him as an only child (when Ken and I both grew up in families with five kids!)

I tried to write Danae in such a way that readers would feel her pain, but also grow a little impatient with her as she tries to navigate the waters of deep disappointment.

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

It’s always a blast to “cast” my novels as movies, and I’ve found it really helps me to picture the scenes in my book as I’m writing when I have a real actor in the role of each of my characters. Don’t laugh, but I don’t even know the name of the model/actress below. She’s “Danae Brooks” to me!

 photo deb raney heroine_zpsgvcdw5er.jpg







 photo images_zpsnzrl83lu.jpegMy Dallas looks like the actor who played the older brother on TV’s Numbers. I kind of like using actors I don’t know as well, so they aren’t too stereotyped for me already.

That would be Rob Morrow.

How do you restart the creative juices when you feel a block coming on?

It helps a lot to just get up and walk away from my desk. Sometimes taking a walk or putting on some music helps loosen up my creative juices. Sometimes something completely unrelated to writing, like refinishing a piece of furniture or rearranging the living room furniture is just what the doctor ordered.

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

As Waters Gone By by Cynthia Ruchti was a wonderful read! Cynthia’s books have never disappointed me. She does such a great job combining a great storyline with a more literary style of writing.

What are you working on now?

I’m writing the fifth and final story in the Chicory Inn Novels series. I’m going to be so sad to say goodbye to the Whitman family! It’s been a blast being able to write about the same family, in a setting I love (southeast Missouri) for almost four years now.

Where else can readers find you online?

www.deborahraney.com
Facebook
Twitter
novelgarden.blogspot.com
Amazon Author Page
Instagram
Pinterest
Goodreads
Linked In

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

As someone who loves having plants and flowers growing in and around my house, I’m always curious what a person’s favorite flower is. If you could receive a huge bouquet of just one kind of flower, what would it be and why?

Oh, give me orchids any day!! Thanks, Deb, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel.

Readers, Deb has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, October 26. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Deb's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. The drawing is done by email, so leave your email address, 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, October 12, 2015

Ronie Kendig and Free Books!

 photo EmbersCoverFinal_zps27pwat0r.jpgHe’s coming for them. And the kingdom.

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of A Husband for Christmas, by Gail Gaymer Martin, is:

tissakay@ . . .

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

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

And now let's chat with novelist Ronie Kendig, author of the epic fantasy novel, Embers (Enclave Publishing, October 20145).

 photo RONIEauthorphoto_zpsamkngait.jpgRonie Kendig is an award-winning, bestselling author who grew up an Army brat. After twenty-plus years of marriage, she and her hunky hero husband have a full life with their children, a Maltese Menace, and a retired military working dog, Vvolt N629, in Northern Virginia.

As a national speaker and teacher, Ronie enjoys connecting with readers and mentoring new writers.

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

-- By Christmas, I will be a black belt in Taekwondo.

-- I was raised by a strict Irish mom, who was so intent on honoring God in life that she wouldn’t let me watch Star Wars or E.T.

-- I am the proud “mom” of a retired military working dog named Vvolt N629.

I can't remember if I ever mentioned it, but I also have a black belt in Taekwondo! I haven't kept up with it for the past 7+ years. I hope you stick with it, Ronie. I was never in better shape!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Embers.

 photo EmbersCoverFinal_zps27pwat0r.jpgHaegan and Kaelyria Celahar are royal heirs of the Nine Kingdoms, but Haegan is physically crippled. What chance does he have against Poired Dyrth, the greatest enemy the kingdom has ever faced, who wields fire with a power none can match?

Their only hope is forbidden: Kaelyria must transfer her fire-wielding abilities to Haegan. When she does, it comes with a terrible price: Haegan's disability is healed, but only by being transferred to Kaelyria. This act unleashes their father-king's wrath.

Haegan must flee the kingdom alone with two impossible tasks: Find a cure for Kaelyria and stop the coming war with the omnipotent Poired Dyrth.

What an amazing sacrifice on Kaelyria's part! 

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

Haegan is an every-day teen, yearning for adventure outside the walls of his life. I think that’s something so many of us can relate to. Also, because of wounds he’s incurred in his childhood, Haegan’s running low on confidence in this book as he faces unexpected challenges and conflict.

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

 photo d391607cf3c593ba676efae896b40e4b_zpsfpjmhouh.jpgI think a long-haired version of Tom Hopper from the BBC’s Merlin, which gave me inspiration for the story itself and the characters, would be a very good fit for Haegan Celahar.


 photo Victoria-Justice-Hairs-knot_zps48vub0iz.jpgAnd Thiel would probably be best portrayed by Victoria Justice (maybe).





How do you restart the creative juices when you feel a block coming on?

Either by doing Taekwondo or by walking/playing with my retired military working dog, Vvolt N629.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on edits for a suspense novella, Warrior’s Seal, that will launch my new suspense series, The Tox Files, with Bethany House Publishers, but I’m also starting Accelerant, the sequel to Embers.

Where else can readers find you online?

Website: www.roniekendig.com
Facebook
Twitter: @roniekendig
Goodreads
Pinterest
Instagram: @kendigronie

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

Embers is truly a story about loyalty and love, both in a family and among friendships. Is there a relationship that has borne out deep love/loyalty to you, one that is unique and special, in your life?

Thanks, Ronie, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel.

Readers, Ronie has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, October 19. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Ronie's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. The drawing is done by email, so leave your email address, 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.
 

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