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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!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Kathy Fuller and Free Books!

 photo 22574552_zps23d4a291.jpgCan Anna Mae heed God’s call on her life, even if it means leaving behind everything she knows… and everyone she loves?

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Winning Over the Heiress, by Narelle Atkins, is:

grandaddya@ . . .

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

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

And now let's chat with novelist Kathy Fuller, author of A Faith of Her Own (HarperCollins Christian Publishing, March, 2015).

 photo 1577269_zpsc8e1d28b.jpgKathleen Fuller is the author of over twenty-five novels, including the best-selling Hearts of Middlefield series.

She and her husband divide their time between Ohio and Arkansas. They are the parents of three awesome kids, three quirky dogs, and one overwhelmed cat.

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

-- I play several instruments—alto and baritone sax, flute, oboe, and piccolo.

-- I met my husband when we were both taking ballroom dancing lessons.

-- I’m a thyroid cancer and skin cancer survivor. ☺

Blessings with the healing, Kathy! 

And how wonderful that you play so many instruments! So few of us can play even one.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of A Faith of Her Own.

 photo 22574552_zps23d4a291.jpgEver since Anna Mae’s childhood friend Jeremiah left their Amish community, she’s questioned her own place in the Amish world. The Amish life feels as if it’s closing in on her, and with her mother trying to set her up with potential suitors, Anna Mae feels trapped in a life she’s not sure she wants anymore. But she’s never told anyone that she longs for a tiny taste of freedom—freedom that could be very costly.

When Jeremiah suddenly reappears in Middlefield to help his mentor, Yankee veterinarian Dr. Miller, new questions surface for Anna Mae, along with feelings she’d never fully acknowledged before.

As Anna Mae and Jeremiah rekindle their friendship, old feelings take on new meaning. Yet the question still lingers: What is God’s plan for her life? Should she stay, keeping loyal to her Amish family, or does God have a bigger plan—one that provides more freedom than she could imagine?

The answers do not come easily, and the answer to God’s call may lie in different directions . . . for both of them.

What is it about Anna Mae and Jeremiah that will make your readers care about them?

Both Anna Mae and Jeremiah have had to make difficult choices that separate them from loved ones. I think anyone who’s been faced with a hard decision will relate to both of these characters. I also think romance fans will enjoy Anna Mae and Jeremiah’s romantic journey.

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

 photo c0dac52f7529a61465263d836ca24bd0_zps172d0ec8.jpgFun question! I’m a fan of Elle Fanning, and even though she is young, she can play older characters.




 photo MV5BMTY0NDIxMTE0MF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMzY3MDIzMQ_V1_SX640_SY720__zps9aa58bd0.jpgAs for Jeremiah, I pictured a young Matt Long. So an older Elle and a younger Matt. ☺




Share with us one quote from a book other than yours that you admire.

"How do you spell love?" Piglet

"You don't spell it, you feel it." Pooh

From Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne

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

I’m doing a Goodreads reading challenge this year—100 books this year. So I’ve read a lot lately, some really good ones. If I have to recommend one it would probably be A Sugar Creek Christmas by Jenny B. Jones. Her books are always good, and this one is terrific.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on the second book in the Amish of Birch Creek series. The first book, A Reluctant Bride, releases this September. I don’t have a title for the second book yet. Right now I call it Joanna’s Book. ☺

Where else can readers find you online?

My website, where you can sign up for my newsletter: www.kathleenfuller.com. I’m also on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter: @TheKatJam. On Pinterest you can find my inspiration boards for my books, including one for A Faith of Her Own.

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



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9102782: A Faith of Her Own: A Middlefield Amish Novel




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

Where is your favorite place to read a book? When I can I enjoy reading while I’m outside. Inside, it’s lying in bed, listening to music (or listening to a book) right before bed.

Thanks, Kathy, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Kathy has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, March 2. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Kathy'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, February 16, 2015

Narelle Atkins and Free Books!

 photo WinningOvertheHeiresscover_zpsed8a7772.jpgCan the former bad boy win her heart?

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the ecopy of What a Girl Needs, by Kristin Billerbeck, is:

tumcsec@ . . .

Congratulations! I'll get your email to Kristin right away so she can send you your book!

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 Narelle Atkins, author of Winning Over the Heiress (Love Inspired Heartsong Presents, February 2015).

 photo Narelle2_zps75ac9099.jpgA fun loving Aussie girl at heart, Narelle Atkins was born and raised on the beautiful northern beaches in Sydney, Australia. She has settled in Canberra with her husband and children.

A lifelong romance reader, she found the perfect genre to write when she discovered inspirational romance. Narelle's contemporary stories of faith and romance are set in Australia.

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

-- Next year I’ll be celebrating my twentieth wedding anniversary with my real life hero.

-- My favorite class at the gym is cycling (RPM).

-- I hand feed the native magpie birds who visit our backyard.

Congrats on your anniversary, Narelle!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Winning Over the Heiress.

 photo WinningOvertheHeiresscover_zpsed8a7772.jpgWinning Over the Heiress has a strong redemption theme. Sean, my former bad boy hero, has made plenty of mistakes in his life. He has debts to repay and a difficult relationship with his father. His father struggles to believe that Sean’s faith has turned his life around.

My heroine, Julia, is the good Christian girl from a wealthy family who is searching for her birth mother.

Sean’s brother, Ryan, is married to Cassie, Julia’s best friend. Sean and Julia were minor characters in Her Tycoon Hero, the first book in my Sydney series.

Sparks fly when Julia becomes Sean’s supervisor in the church office. Sean’s very aware of his need for God’s grace, and he challenges Julia’s thoughts and ideas on many levels. Julia questions if Sean has really changed. Can she trust him with her heart?

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

My heroine, Julia, was brought up in the church and has mostly done everything right. Her sister talked her into searching for her birth mother and she’s worried about the outcome. Julia knows all about Sean’s past and she’s drawn to him, even though he doesn’t fit criteria for a potential husband. Julia’s faith is challenged by Sean’s presence in her life.

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

 photo images_zps0ed4a574.jpegI’d cast Elizabeth Reaser as Julia




 photo images-1_zps4d07492c.jpegand Aussie actor Liam Hemsworth as Sean.




Share with us one quote from a book other than yours that you admire.

“It is far better to endure patiently a smart which nobody feels but yourself, than to commit a hasty action whose evil consequences will extend to all connected with you - and, besides, the Bible bids us return good for evil."
(From Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte)

It’s a timeless quote that’s full of wisdom.

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

Too Pretty by Andrea Grigg is a fun, contemporary inspirational romance set in Australia.

What are you working on now?

I’m writing a novella that will be released in mid-2015 in a multi-author indie contemporary inspirational romance collection. The novella is a spin-off story from Seaside Proposal, the third book in my Sydney series that will release in May 2015.

Where else can readers find you online?

Readers can connect with me on my website, blog, Facebook page, Twitter and Tsu.

Website: www.narelleatkins.com
Blog: narelleatkins.wordpress.com
Facebook
@NarelleAtkins Twitter
Tsu

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



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487691: Winning Over the Heiress


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

Do you have a favorite international setting that you’ve read about in a book and would like to visit in real life?

You've got me totally psyched for reading an Australian-set novel now, Narelle!

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

Remember you can get the ebook version of my novel, Tea for Two, at $2.99 right now. Sale ends February 17!

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, February 9, 2015

Kristin Billerbeck and Free Books!

 photo what-girl-needs-lg_zps130bbaaf.jpgWhen Ashley's hubby sends her on a "vacation for one" back home, Ashley wonders if there's anything to return to when the trip is over. It's never a good sign when your husband books a trip for one on your second anniversary, is it?

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Magnolia Market, by Judy Christie, is:

von1janet@ . . .

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

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

And now let's chat with novelist Kristin Billerbeck, author of the ebook, What a Girl Needs (CreateSpace, November 2014).

 photo Unknown_zps3311e627.jpeg Kristin Billerbeck is a bestselling, award-winning author of over 40 novels, including the beloved, What a Girl Wants. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, World Magazine and on “The Today Show.”

Kristin lives in Silicon Valley with her family.

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

-- I may be obnoxious in print, but I’m painfully shy in groups.

-- Red lipstick is my superpower. (I feel invincible!)

-- Good handbags are my Kryptonite.

Obnoxious? Surely you jest! You're charming in person, IMO.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of What a Girl Needs.

 photo what-girl-needs-lg_zps130bbaaf.jpgAshley Wilkes Stockingdale Novak, patent attorney extraordinaire, has found the love of her life in Dr. Kevin Novak. The problem is, she’s lost everything else – her job, her friends and maybe just a little of her excitable, headstrong spirit.

When her hubby sends her on a “vacation for one” back home to Silicon Valley, Ashley wonders if there’s anything to return to in Philadelphia when the trip is over. It’s never a good sign when your husband books a trip for one on your second anniversary, is it?

Back home with her people, “The Reasons” in California, Ashley must find what’s missing from her life as a proper doctor’s wife. Running into her ex-boyfriend Seth Greenwood forces her to question Kevin’s commitment. And when her former adversary offers her a job and the dizzying life she had prior to marriage, Ashley needs to figure out exactly What a Girl Needs

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

Ashley is fun, her heart is in the right place, but chaos seems to follow her.

I love the character. Very funny.

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

 photo images_zps216d5032.jpegHmm. Maybe Jennifer Lawrence? She has that playful spirit, even if she doesn’t really look like Ashley.




Share with us one quote that you admire.

Someone tweeted this back to me, and I love it because it shows how powerful falsehoods can be in our life if we listen to them:

“Fairy tales don’t happen to girls like me. They happen to sweet, gentle women, not to lawyers who would spend hours debating the right way to place a toilet paper roll. Girls like me get jobs and support themselves. We don’t bake cookies and refinish darling, little second-hand furniture. We work and waste our money on pointless items like designer shoes.”

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

I’m always fearful of recommending books because my tastes are so varied and I like novels that ask hard questions and make me think. I also don’t read as much fiction as I do non-fiction. Isn’t that strange?

That being said, I really loved The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion. It’s about a man with Aspergers Syndrome and since I raised one, the humor in it delighted me. It has some strong language so be warned. His first book was about getting a wife, and it’s called, The Rosie Project.

I understand and appreciate your caveats, Kristin. I usually don't make public recommendations of any books I've read and enjoyed, either, unless I'm certain my blog readers would be all right with them. I'm not easily shocked when I'm reading, and I read plenty of secular fiction, but I never want to offend my readers.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on a romance tentatively titled, Confessions of a Hallmark Movie Addict.

Where else can readers find you online?

www.KristinBillerbeck.com
www.GirlyGirl.Typepad.com (Blog)
Twitter: KristinBeck

The ebook can be purchased online via the following buttons (the Kindle version, at $4.99, can be accessed for purchase via the Amazon button):







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

Do you read more fiction or non-fiction? What would you say is your ratio?

Thanks, Kristin, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Kristin has offered to give a free copy of her ebook to the winner of our drawing on Monday, February 16. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Kristin'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.

Remember you can get the ebook version of my novel, Tea for Two, at $2.99 right now. Sale ends February 17!

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

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

Friday, February 6, 2015

Special eBook Sale on Tea for Two!


From February 6 through February 17, Harvest House Publishers is offering my romantic comedy, Tea for Two, in eBook format for $2.99 for Kindle, Kobo, Apple, and the Sony Reader! I hope you'll check it out and enjoy an uplifting read.

What is the novel about?

Zack Cooper tries his best to raise his children, but he's losing his grip on them in their teen years. They've both had scrapes with the local law. Tea Shop owner Milly Jewel has the perfect woman in mind to help Zack.

Counselor Tina Milano meets weekly at the tea shop with her women's group. Milly encourages Zack and Tina to work together to draw the teens back before they get in even hotter water.

Milly never thought things might heat up between Zack and Tina. Or did she?

Tina's connections with the Middleburg police department prove a mixed blessing for Zack and his kids. Both her best friend and old boyfriend are officers on the force.

And when Tina's women's group gets wind of her personal pursuits and clashes, they want to help. The group's meetings at the tea shop take on a slightly different flavor. Tina wonders who, exactly, is counseling whom.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Judy Christie, New Releases, and Free Books!

 photo photo_zps1cdac80c.jpgIs it possible for a young widow to make a fresh start in life?

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Gabriel's Atonement, by Vickie McDonough, is:

mstalgal1966@ . . .

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 Judy Christie, author of Magnolia Market (Zondervan, September 2014).

 photo photo2_zps2dfacdfc.jpgJudy Christie writes fiction with a Louisiana flavor, including the Trumpet & Vine series, set at an intersection in the fictional town of Samford, named for the street where she grew up. Judy is also the author of Wreath, A Girl, a YA novel about a 16-year-old girl who lives in a junkyard after her mother dies.

Judy loves flea markets, libraries and beignets.

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

-- I write a weekly book column for my local newspaper.

-- I once had lunch at the White House with Nancy Reagan.

-- I did not get married until I was age 35.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Magnolia Market.

 photo photo_zps1cdac80c.jpgAvery Broussard is feeling optimistic as she plans to buy an upscale boutique. But her late husband's family is rich and powerful--and they have different plans for her.

As Avery takes over a rundown corner market, she finds second chances are possible--including a second chance at love.

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

Avery is somewhat uncertain about life, which I think many women are. She cares about people and tries to do the right thing.

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

 photo mila-kunis1_zps24019496.jpgMila Kunis.


Share with us one quote from a book other than yours that you admire.

"Inside, the room was ridiculously mournful. There were torturous-looking folding chairs arranged in an oval and industrial carpeting the color of worn asphalt."  
(From Saturday Night Widows by Becky Aikman.)

I love the description throughout this memoir.

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

84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff. This is a wonderful book about letters between two book lovers; I just re-read it and think any reader will enjoy the affection between a bookseller and reader.

What are you working on now?

The second Wreath Willis novel, The Girl Who Paints Dogs, the follow-up story to Wreath, A Girl. It is due out this spring.

Where else can readers find you online?

I blog from the green couch at www.judychristie.com. I love visiting at Facebook and Twitter.

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



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330578: Magnolia Market, Trumpet & Vine Series #2



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

Are you in a book club? If so, what do you like about it? If not, have you considered joining one?

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

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

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

As you scroll down to leave your answer to Judy's question, take a look at some of the wonderful new Inspirational fiction releasing this month!

Amish Romance:

Keys of Heaven: A Healing Grace Novel by Adina Senft -- Apprentice Dokterfraa Sarah Yoder grows herbs for her tinctures and tries to ignore her matchmaking relatives, but she can't ignore her budding friendship with her neighbor, Henry Byler. Henry has to resist her attraction when his pottery investors decide to market him as Amish-he has never joined the church and doesn't plan to. When Sarah and Henry are called upon to help a runaway, Sarah oversteps her bounds and finds that God knows best how to heal the heart. (Amish Romance from Faith Words [Hachette])

Biblical Fiction:

The Crimson Cord, Rahab's Story by Jill Eileen Smith -- Rahab's gambling husband sells her into prostitution. Then spies infiltrate Jericho and she ends up in league with them. She offers her body for a debt she does not owe-what price will redeem her soul? (Biblical Fiction from Revell - A Division of Baker Publishing Group)

Contemporary Romance:

Winning Over the Heiress (Heartsong Presents) by Narelle Atkins -- Can Sean Mitchell be redeemed? His new boss, Julia Radcliffe, isn't so sure. After walking out on her a year ago, the bad boy with the surfer good looks is back in her life and determined to keep it that way. It took time and faith, but Sean is finally on the right path. When his past threatens his and Julia's future, can he convince her that love can overcome every mistake? (Contemporary Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Secretly Yours: A Riverbend Romance Novella by Valerie Comer -- Chef Lindsey Solberg agrees to cater the church's Valentine's Day fundraising banquet as a favor to her teen sister, but she's shocked to discover the bad boy from her high school days is now Riverbend's youth pastor. Seriously? How could he have changed that much? Nick Harrison has prayed for years for an opportunity to make amends. Now Lindsey's back in Riverbend and won't give him the time of day. What's a guy to do except leave a trail of gifts from a secret admirer? (Contemporary Romance, Independently Published)

How to Catch a Prince by Rachel Hauck -- American heiress Corina Del Rey reignites her career in journalism after a long fog of grief, but her past with war veteran and star rugby player Prince Stephen of Brighton catches up to her. With a little help from heaven and his brother, King Nathaniel II, can they overcome the tragedy of war, move forward, and find love again? (Contemporary Romance from HarperCollins Christian Publishing [Thomas Nelson and Zondervan])

Contemporary Women's Fiction:

The Vigil by Marian P. Merritt -- In Bijou Bayou fleeing an abusive boyfriend, Cheryl Broussard finds work as a Hospice nurse. While reading a dying patient's Korean War love letters, family secrets shatter Cheryl's beliefs about herself and shed light on the reason she first fled her hometown. Can Cheryl deal with the truth and accept a second chance with her family, old friends, and the God she never really knew? (Contemporary Women's Fiction from Harbourlight Books [Pelican])

Where Rivers Part by Kellie Coates Gilbert -- Following in her estranged father's footsteps, Dr. Juliet Ryan is climbing the ladder of success providing safe drinking water for millions, when disaster strikes and she learns this kind of achievement often comes with a very high price. (Contemporary Women's Fiction from Revell - A Division of Baker Publishing Group)

Historical Romance:

The Homestead Brides Collection by Mary Connealy, Darlene Franklin, Carla Olson Gade, Ruth Logan Herne, Pam Hillman, DiAnn Mills, Erica Vetsch, Becca Whitham, and Kathleen Y'Barbo -- Through nine historical romance adventures, readers will journey along with individuals who are ready to stake a claim and plant their dreams on a piece of the great American plains. While fighting land disputes, helping neighbors, and tackling the challenges of nature, the homesteaders are placed in the path of other dreamers with whom romance sparks. And God has His hand in orchestrating each unique meeting. (Historical Romance from Barbour Publishing)

Brandywine Brides by Amber Stockton -- A family of bookstore owners has their faith restored and love multiplied in beautiful historical Delaware. Caroline manages a bookstore while her parents would prefer she marry. Grace seeks a missing heirloom book with the help of a questionable young man. Lillian reopens the bookstore in her brother's memory. Will each woman's literature inspired dreams lead her to a man of faith and devotion? (Historical Romance from Barbour Publishing)

The Last Heiress by Mary Ellis -- When the heiress to England's largest textile mills travels to Wilmington to restore cotton shipments during the American Civil War, class distinction, political loyalties, and family feuds guarantee trouble for her new romance. (Historical Romance from Harvest House Publishers)

Romantic Suspense:

Fugitive Trackdown by Sandra Robbins -- A shy Southern librarian and a bounty hunter join forces to track down her father's killer. (Romantic Suspense from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Sabotaged by Dani Pettrey -- Growing up, goody-two-shoes Kirra Jacobs and troublemaker Reef McKenna were always at odds. Now, working together as search-and-rescue for Alaska's Iditarod race, a growing attraction forces aside old arguments. When a girl is kidnapped, Kirra and Reef are thrown into a race to stop a shadowy villain who also threatens to unleash one of the largest disasters Alaska has ever seen. (Romantic Suspense from Bethany House [Baker] Publishing)

Speculative:

Found and Lost (Haven Seekers #2) by Amanda G. Stevens -- Violet DuBay has an opportunity to infiltrate the Christian resistance, but what she learns dents her resolve to turn them in to the Constabulary. (Speculative Fiction from David C. Cook)

Happy reading!

 

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