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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, August 31, 2015

Maureen Lang and Free Books!

 photo MaureenLang_TheCranburyPapermaker_200px_zpsltpxrt6r.jpgWill he save her inheritance . . . or steal it?

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Stealing Jake, by Pam Hillman, is:

scaramouche9999@ . . .

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 Maureen Lang, author of Inspirational historical romance, The Cranbury Papermaker (591 Press, March 2015).

 photo DSCF6553done_zpsldjpybrm.jpgMaureen Lang writes stories of history and romance and is the author of fifteen novels and three novellas. An avid reader since childhood, she figured out at a young age how to write what she feels like reading. Her work has won a Holt Medallion, a Selah Award and FHL’s Inspirational Reader’s Choice Contest, as well as finaling in a variety of other contests, including the Christy, Carol and Rita.

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

--I chose to name my new publishing business 591 Press, after the number on the armband my father wore during his 3½ years of captivity in a Japanese prison camp during World War Two.

--I don’t like coffee, but I enjoy a chai tea latte every day.

--Although I never watched the sitcom Frasier when it originally aired, I discovered it in reruns and have since seen every episode multiple times.

--The Cranbury Papermaker is Indie Published (my first!), printed under my own company 591 Press.  photo 591_press_Banner_copy_zpszz4k6alb.jpg





Please tell us a bit more about the plot of The Cranbury Papermaker.

Arianne Casterton is still mourning the death of her beloved father when the papermaking business he left to her is in danger of being taken over by an unexpected co-heir, Jonas Prestwich. Jonas's resentment of her father's memory is impossible to understand or tolerate, but when he suggests changing the way Arianne makes paper to gain a bigger market she wants to shut him out of their so-called partnership. If only she could shut him out of her heart . . .

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

Arianne is full of faith. Not only in God, but in the memory and work her father left behind. She’s devoted herself to carrying on his legacy of papermaking, continuing in the meticulous way he tutored her, as he was tutored by the generation before him. Papermaking is what Castertons do, and she has no intention of failing. Jonas’s resentment of God and her father challenge Arianne’s faith in both, but her faith is stronger than even she realized.

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

 photo Annex - Reed Donna Green Dolphin Street_01_zps4l0djweg.jpgOkay, this is not only going to date me, but will likely make people wonder if all I watch on TV is reruns. But honestly, I think Donna Reed would be perfect as Arianne. She’s beautiful, of course, but there was a sort of innocent yet quiet determination about her that fits my character. I think that’s what drew me to choose the model for my cover. Somehow she reminded me of Donna Reed!

 photo 2vwy4jt_zpsnjogh2hz.jpgAnd for Jonas, perhaps Jim Caviezel would be a good fit. This is probably a strange idea considering Caviezel played the role of Christ and my Jonas has a huge struggle with his faith, but there is a sort of underlying strength about him that I think perfectly fits the role for Jonas.


Who is one of your favorite fictional characters?

Whatever book I’m currently enjoying stays my favorite until the next book I enjoy! So right now my favorite is Jacky Faber, from the Bloody Jack series. She presents a great blend of fear and courage, stupidity and brilliance, greed and generosity.

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

Speaking of the Bloody Jack series . . . warning, though, this is a secular series with some rather colorful sailor’s lingo. However, this girl who sneaks aboard pretending to be a cabin boy is one of the best drawn characters I’ve met in some time, and her adventures are epic!

I often give that warning with books I recommend, Maureen. I would never want anyone to be offended, but there are some amazing mainstream novels out there that definitely would not be published by the Inspirational publishing houses.

What are you working on now?

My second Indie title will release this fall, which I’m hoping to market in September. It’s my latest Christian historical romance, titled The Matchmakers Match.

Mara Madison has been traveling the world, evading her family and the faith she knew as a child. But she can’t escape God’s pursuing love, and ultimately surrenders her future to God. To prove her faith is finally sincere, if only to herself if not to others, she must first return to face the sister she never got along with.

Mara is convinced faith means nothing without love. Because of her independent past, she’s vowed to make up for her selfish ways and remain unmarried so nothing will distract her from complete devotion to God.

Little did she know she and her sister would be competing once again, this time as matchmakers. Her sister is convinced Mara is perfect for her husband’s business partner, but Mara quickly realizes the family governess is already in love with the man. So both endeavor to match the man, with the governess as Mara’s choice and Mara herself as her sister’s. However, when Mara dreams of marrying the man she’s trying so hard to match to another, she soon realizes this is one competition with her sister she hopes to lose.

Where else can readers find you online? 

www.maureenlang.com

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

Are you a peeker? Do you peek at the end of a book before you’ve read that far?

OR:

If you’re a reader of Christian fiction, do you prefer your heroes and heroines to have faith from the very beginning of the story, or to have a (sometimes rocky) journey toward faith at the end?

Both of those questions are interesting. Readers, if you want to answer both, I'll enter your name an extra time in the book drawing (which could mean three entries for you, if you're a subscriber).

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

Readers, Maureen has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, September 7. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Maureen'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, August 24, 2015

Pam Hillman and Free Books!

 photo Stealing Jake_zpsxbf1vmb9.jpegLivy didn’t want to go back to that life. Ever.

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Brightest and Best, by Olivia Newport, is:

JFWisherd@ . . .

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 Pam Hillman, author of Inspirational Historical Romance, Stealing Jake (Tyndale House, August 2015).

 photo Pam Hillman Author Photo_zpsbcbfszox.jpegCBA Bestselling author Pam Hillman was born and raised on a dairy farm in Mississippi and spent her teenage years perched on the seat of a tractor raking hay. In those days, her daddy couldn’t afford two cab tractors with air conditioning and a radio, so Pam drove a ratty old Allis Chalmers 110. Raking hay doesn’t take much thought so Pam spent her time working on her tan and making up stories in her head. Now, that’s the kind of life every girl should dream of!

Her second novel, Claiming Mariah, won the Inspirational Readers Choice and is a CBA Bestseller. Her latest novel, Stealing Jake, released in August 2015.

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

-- I was caught in a stampede once. On foot.

-- I hyperventilate when someone describes injuries or surgical procedures in excruciating detail, but oddly enough, manage to hold my own in a medical emergency.

-- In high school, I wanted to be an Air Comptroller, but the closest school was in CA, and I was too chicken to fly. lol

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Stealing Jake.

 photo Stealing Jake_zpsxbf1vmb9.jpegLivy O’Brien is looking for a job in town when she spies a young boy jostling a man walking along the boardwalk, and she recognizes the act for what it is. After all, she used to be known as Light-Fingered Livy. But that was before she put her past behind her and moved to the growing town of Chestnut, Illinois, where she’s helping to run an orphanage. Now she’ll do almost anything to protect the street kids like herself.

Sheriff’s deputy Jake Russell had no idea what he was in for when he ran into Livy―literally—while chasing down a pickpocket. With a rash of robberies and a growing number of street kids in town―as well as a loan on the family farm that needs to be paid off―Jake doesn’t have time to pursue a girl. Still, he can’t seem to get Livy out of his mind. He wants to get to know her better . . . but Livy isn’t willing to trust any man, especially not a lawman.

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

While Jake and Livy both have sympathetic backstories, as a reformed pickpocket, Livy’s is much more emotionally gut-wrenching than Jake’s. The reader is going to cheer extra loud for her when she faces, and overcomes, her fears. On the other hand, Jake faces his fears and overcomes them, too. But Livy has just a bit of an edge when it comes to pulling readers’ heartstrings.

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

 photo Unknown_zps56lm9rzl.jpegI don’t think we could go wrong with Taylor Kinney as Jake





 photo Unknown-1_zpsdfy1hxnw.jpegand Natalie Portman as Livy.






Who is one of your favorite fictional characters?

Orrin Sackett. Doesn’t hurt that Tom Selleck played Orrin on the big screen, but I was a fan of The Sacketts long before I saw any of the movies. Just a good old cowboy intent on doing what’s right. No matter what situation he found himself in, he eventually took the high road and saved the girl, shot it out with the bad guys, saved the cat, etc. A true-blue cowboy through and through. And then there’s Tell, and Tyrel, and … ☺

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

The Creole Princess, book two of The Gulf Coast Chronicles, by Beth White. The research is amazing and Lyse is a worthy heroine. Even when I had to put the book down, I worried and wondered how she was going to get out of her latest predicament and couldn’t wait to get back to Lyse’s story.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on a historical Christmas novella to be independently published with my Seeker sisters before Christmas 2015. Working title is All Aboard: Destination Christmas. Based on an actual event, an avalanche strands my characters on a train just out of Portand, Oregon in the days leading up to Christmas.

Next up is a novella for Barbour Publishing’s California Gold Rush Brides Collection coming in 2016.

Where else can readers find you online?

Website: www.pamhillman.com
Facebook
Twitter or @PamHillman
Goodreads
Pinterest
Group blogs: www.seekerville.blogspot.com
and http://hhhistory.com

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

I’m always fascinated by why readers prefer a particular genre. Why do you think you enjoy reading historical romance, or science fiction, or contempory romance, [fill in the blank]? Do you think personality plays a part in your choices? Or maybe you gravitated to a certain genre because of other factors--geographical location, city/county life, siblings, available books and movies/tv shows)? Which carries the most weight: nature or nurture?

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

Readers, Pam has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, August 31. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Pam'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, August 17, 2015

Olivia Newport and Free Books!

When a one-room schoolhouse collapses, Ella finds herself losing traction as familiar ground slips away—along with her wedding date.

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Where Treasure Hides, by Johnnie Alexander, is:

wpd_2@ . . .

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 Olivia Newport, author of the Historical Amish novel, Brightest and Best (Barbour/Shiloh Run, August 2015).

Olivia Newport’s novels twist through time to find where faith and passions meet. She lives in stunning Colorado, where daylilies grow as tall as she is.

Her past work includes the Avenue of Dreams series set in 1890s Chicago; the Valley of Choice series of intertwining contemporary and historical Amish stories; Hidden Falls, a digital-first contemporary small-town series; and the Amish Turns of Time series exploring real historical moments of Amish values.

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

-- My favorite pizza toppings are artichoke hearts and black olives.

-- I have been to nine other countries.

-- My yard is a wild mess of larkspur and I love it.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Brightest and Best.

Ella Hilty’s deepest desire is to marry Gideon Wittmer and be a mother to his children. But Ella’s 1918 Ohio Amish community gets caught in a storm of controversy when English authorities dictate that Amish children must attend consolidated public schools and attend past the eighth grade.

English schoolteacher Margaret Simpson had given up thoughts of marriage years ago, and she’s content with her peaceful life. But a budding romance and conflict with the neighboring Amish community lead Margaret down a path she never expected.

Citing freedom of religion rights, Amish parents stand their ground against progressive English laws, but their stance doesn’t come without consequences. Soon Margaret puts her last chance for romance at risk for the only choice her conscience can abide, and all eyes turn to Ella to bring unity to the Amish and understanding to the English.

What is it about Ella and Margaret that will make your readers care about them?

This story has two female leads whose lives present them with unexpected choices, and they dig deep to discover the right thing to do. Their stories orbit each other and finally find a rhythm together. I hope readers will follow the paths of Ella and Margaret and be inspired to listen to surprising callings on their own lives in service to others.

Who is one of your favorite fictional characters?

One that has stayed with me for many, many years is Asher Lev from Chaim Potok’s My Name Is Asher Lev. It’s a burning story, but it doesn’t back away from living fully in a place of tension and intention. I first read it when I was in college, but the older I get the more I appreciate that life is not as black and white as we often hope it will be.

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

I just finished reading A Broken Kind of Beautiful by Katie Ganshert. All the nominations and awards it’s won are well-earned. Readers who enjoy crisp contemporary stories will appreciate Katie’s terrific delivery of a story that reminds us all of the brokenness we share and the power of community to be a healing balm.

What are you working on now?

I am in the final throes of finishing Hope in the Land, a Depression-era Amish historical that brings to life the contribution that Amish women make to the productivity of their households at a time when so many people grasped for hope that their futures would not leave them abandoned. Hope in the Land will release April 2016.

Where else can readers find you online?

www.olivianewport.com , @OliviaNewport, Facebook


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

Since personal recommendations are a great way to find new books or authors, I’d like to know what everyone’s reading and loving. Think of it as a book club meeting! Let’s load up our TBRs.

What a fun question! I'm looking forward to hearing those comments.

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

Readers, Olivia has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, August 24. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Olivia'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, August 10, 2015

Johnnie Alexander and Free Books!

 photo Unknown-3_zpslmhhodsb.jpegA talented artist protects art and children from the Nazis while the man she loves must fight his own battles against Hitler’s evil regime.

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

augustlily06@ . . .

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 Johnnie Alexander, author of historical novel, Where Treasure Hides (Tyndale, August 2015).

 photo Johnnie Alexander_zpsbr20rhbr.jpgJohnnie Alexander writes inspiring stories that linger in the heart. Where Treasure Hides, her debut novel, won the ACFW Genesis Contest (2011) and Golden Leaf Award (2014). Her first contemporary romance, Where She Belongs (Misty Willow Series; Revell), and her first novella, “The Healing Promise” (Courageous Bride Collection; Barbour), release in 2016.

She also has won Best Novel and Best Writer awards (Florida Christian Writers Conferences), and Bronze Medalist (My Book Therapy Frasier Contest). She volunteers as a category coordinator for the ACFW Genesis Contest, judges various contests, and serves as marketing director for the MidSouth Christian Writers Conference.

A graduate of Rollins College (Orlando) with a Master of Liberal Studies degree, Johnnie treasures family memories, classic movies, road trips, and stacks of books. She lives in the Memphis area with a small herd of alpacas and Rugby, the princely papillon who trees raccoons.

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

--I’ve worn my mom’s class ring for decades. She lost the onyx stone, so it’s polished gold but still has her graduation year on it and her initials engraved inside.

--I once wrecked my car to avoid hitting a chair that was in the road. As my car went sailing through the air, I squeezed my eyes shut and thought, “This is like a ride at Disney World.”

--I don’t like lemon meringue pie but my favorite pie of all time is O’Charley’s lemon meringue pie. (I know, it doesn’t make sense to me either.)

You may have wrecked your car, but you saved the life of that chair. We must have our priorities!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Where Treasure Hides.

a href="http://s73.photobucket.com/user/TrishPerry/media/Unknown-3_zpslmhhodsb.jpeg.html" target="_blank"> photo Unknown-3_zpslmhhodsb.jpegArtist Alison Schuyler spends her time working in her family’s renowned art gallery, determined to avoid the curse that has followed the Schuyler clan from the Netherlands to America and back again. She’s certain that true love will only lead to tragedy—that is, until a chance meeting at Waterloo station brings Ian Devlin into her life.

Drawn to the bold and compassionate British Army captain, Alison begins to question her fear of love as World War II breaks out, separating the two and drawing each into their own battles. While Ian fights for freedom on the battlefield, Alison works with the Dutch Underground to find a safe haven for Jewish children and priceless pieces of art alike. But safety is a luxury war does not allow.

As time, war, and an old rival struggle to keep them apart, will Alison and Ian have the faith to fight for their love, or is it their fate to be separated forever?

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

Alison is a gifted artist who faces extraordinary challenges. Her heart yearns for one man, a soldier and a hero, but for a time she considers an alternative that at first seems safer. Later in the story, she insists on staying in Holland to help protect the art and the Jewish children while her father is equally insistent she return to the United States. Through her struggles, Alison learns to trust God with her future.

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

 photo Unknown_zpst6jovor6.jpegThis is a hard question for me because I don’t use celebrities for inspiration. But after spending some time searching around the internet, I selected Lily James (from Downton Abbey) to play Alison


 photo images_zpslzqhirau.jpegand Theo James to play Ian.






 photo Unknown-1_zpsyrsy09a0.jpegBut if we could time travel, then Ingrid Bergman plays Alison




 photo Unknown-2_zps7x2y9z10.jpegand Joseph Cotten plays Ian.





Who is one of your favorite fictional characters?

Jean Valjean, the prisoner who becomes a savior to young Marius in Les Miserables. After his conversion, and no matter the stakes, Valjean endeavors to do the right thing. He embodies grace and sacrificial love.

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

I recently read Ann Tatlock’s Once Beyond a Time, and absolutely loved it. Ann has a lyrical writing style yet creates characters with their own distinct voices. The story, set in the late 1960s, centers on a broken family who move into a house that’s a strange nexus in time. Characters from the past and from the future help the family find healing and hope.

That's a fascinating story premise! What are you working on now?

I’m finishing up Book #2 in the Misty Willow Series for Revell. The first book, Where She Belongs, releases in January.

Where else can readers find you online?

These links will take you to my online hangouts:

Blog http://johnnie-alexander.com
Facebook Profile (Friend or Follow!)
Facebook Author Page
Twitter
GoodReads
Amazon Author Page

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

I once had what I considered a pipe dream—to own an alpaca. Now I have twelve.

What’s a pipe dream you have? (But be careful because it just might come true.)

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

Readers, Johnnie has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, August 17. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Johnnie'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.
 

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