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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, 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

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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

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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!
 

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