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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, 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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369569: Be Still...and Let Your Nail Polish Dry


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:



     CBD
694430: Intertwined - A Contemporary Romance Novel




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.
 

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