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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, March 28, 2016

Beth Vogt, April Releases, and Free Books!

 photo 51XYQt4ZL._SX326_BO1204203200__zpso0jmpw35.jpgWhat if your long wait for love brings you back to a second chance with your first love?

Before we meet today's featured author, I want to announce that the winners of the e-copy of my latest novella, Under the Dogwood Tree, are:

tumcsec@ . . . 
happygrammaof3@ . . .   and 
angelecolline@ . . .

Congratulations! I'll get your e-books right out to you via Amazon.

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 Beth Vogt, author of the contemporary romance, You Can’t Hurry Love (Howard Books, May 2016).

 photo Beth s Portraits-Portraits-0153_zpsj4o5r2bd.jpeg Beth K. Vogt is a non-fiction author and editor who said she’d never write fiction. She’s the wife of an Air Force family physician (now in solo practice) who said she’d never marry a doctor—or anyone in the military. She’s a mom of four who said she’d never have kids. Now Beth believes God’s best often waits behind the doors marked “Never.”

A 2015 RITA® Finalist and a two-time Carol Award finalist, Beth is a contemporary romance novelist with Howard Books. Her 2014 novel, Somebody Like You, was one of Publisher’s Weekly’s Best Books of 2014.

In 2015, Beth introduced her destination wedding series with both an e-novella, Can’t Buy Me Love, and a novel, Crazy Little Thing Called Love. She continues the series in 2016 with the e-novella You Can’t Hurry Love (May) and the novel Almost Like Being in Love (June). A November Bride was part of the Year of Wedding Series by Zondervan.

Beth enjoys writing contemporary romance because she believes there’s more to happily-ever-after than the fairy tales tell us.

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

-- I’m a proud volleyball mom, thanks to my youngest daughter’s commitment to year-round volleyball. I’m learning the lingo and spending lots of time at tournaments with hundreds of teen girls competing against one another.

-- I didn’t enjoy coloring as a kid, but I’m trying out this whole “adult coloring book” craze. It’s relaxing and I also gifted coloring books to all my daughters.

-- One of my favorite writing tools? My Bose headphones. They are a great way to block out the world while I write and I get to enjoy all my Spotify playlists. I usually make a playlist for each book I write.

Wow, I wish I could do that, Beth. I have to have complete quiet to write.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of You Can't Hurry Love.

 photo 51XYQt4ZL._SX326_BO1204203200__zpso0jmpw35.jpgI rewrote You Can’t Hurry Love so that it’s a very different story from the one I originally plotted. One key facet that stayed the same: The heroine is Elisabeth Straker, who was the best friend of Bellamy, the heroine in my e-novella Can’t Buy Me Love. 

You Can’t Hurry Love is second-chance-at-love story and combines several elements of my own romance with my husband. Elisabeth (Lis) and Jamie are involved in a long-distance romance because Jamie is in the military – and that was true for my husband and me when we were dating.

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

Elisabeth is the penultimate “always the bridesmaid never the bride” friend. In the past two years she’s been in nine weddings – always in the supporting role of bridesmaid or maid of honor. Here’s an excerpt from the e-novella that explains her mindset:

She was content with her life. Well, that wasn’t completely true, but she’d perfected the “always the bridesmaid, never the bride” role. No one suspected she wasn’t satisfied being single, as she hosted her friends’ bridal showers and purchased items off their gift registries. The gloss had worn off all things matrimonial, but she refused to let her deflated hopes ruin anyone else’s wedding day.

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

 photo images_zpsdpef5upx.jpegI always create a Pinterest board for my stories, including visuals of my main characters. I chose Zooey Deschanel for Elisabeth





 photo images-1_zpsetkyi0go.jpegand Theo James for Jamie.




If you’d like to share the opening line or lines to your novel, we’d love to read them.

High School Senior Prom
Woodland Park, Colorado

Tonight was almost perfect.

Short of dismantling the basketball hoops at either end of the high school gym, the prom decorating committee had transformed the area into a glimpse of Hollywood from yesteryear.

Couples swayed to the music coming from the DJ’s tower of speakers in one corner of the room. Strings of twinkling white lights and silver streamers hung from the ceiling. Round tables lined the perimeter of the room and black metal movie cameras were centered on the white tablecloths strewn with glittery gold stars. Faux strips of movie film wound around the camera bases and featured the graduating seniors’ photos in retro black-and-white. HOLLYWOOD was spelled out in iconic large white letters against the back wall next to the photo area with a lush red curtain backdrop. The aroma of buttery popcorn from the old-fashioned electric popper scented the air.

With a soft sigh, Elisabeth snuggled closer to Jamie, his arms tightening around her. Now this . . . this moment couldn’t be any better, even if it was the last dance of their senior prom. Mariah Carey crooned “Don’t Forget About Us,” and Elisabeth closed her eyes, imagining Jamie and she were alone under a star-filled sky. “Happy?” Jamie’s whisper tickled her ear, the warmth of his breath trailing down her neck.

Elisabeth tilted her head up. Jamie’s dark eyes sparkled in the reflection of the overhead lights. “Yes. This is just about perfect.”

“Just about . . .?” He shifted, leaning away from her. “What’s wrong?”

“I wish we had the whole summer—” Elisabeth pressed her lips together. She and Bellamy had talked about this earlier while they got ready for prom at Elisabeth’s house. Don’t let Jamie’s leaving later this summer ruin tonight. Have fun. Her best friend was right. Saying her thoughts out loud didn’t change the inevitable, even as Elisabeth’s words shadowed the present.

“Me, too.” Jamie’s steps didn’t falter as he continued to lead her in the dance. “But you know how hard I worked to earn the appointment to the Air Force Academy—”

“I know.” She forced her smile to reappear, hoping it hid any sadness in her eyes. “I’m proud of you, too. I’m going to miss you, that’s all.”

“I’ll miss you, too.” Jamie bent to brush her lips with his, pulling her closer. “And besides, technically I’m not the one leaving the state to go away to college.”

“You could have come with me to Biola.”

“But the whole point is for me to fly jets in the air force. And lots of couples do long-distance relationships. The good thing is, we live in the same hometown, so we’ll see each other for the holidays. And we’ll have fun planning our future after we both graduate college and get married. We’ll travel, and Uncle Sam will foot the bill.” Jamie shook his head, his lazy grin appearing. “Why are we being so serious? Tonight’s prom and we still have a few more weeks before I report to the Academy.”

Now I'm intrigued as to how she ended up in the "always the bridesmaid, never the bride" role after this youthful plan!

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

I read an advance copy of Cathy West’s upcoming release, The Things We Knew. Cathy is a close friend and I designate myself as her #1 fan. She’s an incredibly talented writer and this novel examines the challenges of family relationships that are interwoven with secrets.

I like Cathy's work as well. And she's a total sweetheart.

What are you working on now?

I’m plotting a new novel, working on the long synopsis, trying to get to know the characters and the direction the story is taking me. These are early days yet.

Where else can readers find you online?

My website/blog: www.bethvogt.com
Twitter
Facebook
Instagram
Pinterest

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

Have you ever been in – or would you ever want to be in – a long distance relationship? If you have – what were the challenges you faced? If you wouldn’t want to be in a long distance relationship – why not? What if your long wait for love brings you back to a second chance with your first love?

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

Readers, Beth has offered to give a free e-copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, April 4. (The book won't release until May, but Beth will send your copy to you as soon as it's available.) 
To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Beth'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, as well as my Disclosure of Material Connection HERE.

As you scroll to the bottom of today's post to answer Martha's question, take a look at the excellent Inspirational fiction releasing this month!

Contemporary Romance:

A Twist of Faith by Pepper Basham -- A high class speech language pathologist and an unrefined cattle farmer cause sparks in this modern retelling of the beloved classic My Fair Lady. (Contemporary Romance from Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas)

Coast Guard Sweetheart by Lisa Carter -- Second Chance Sailor When coast guard officer Sawyer Kole is stationed again in Kiptohanock, Virginia, he's ready to prove to Honey Duer that he's a changed man--and the right man for her. But it's not smooth sailing when a hurricane blows their way. To save the family inn she's restored to perfection, Honey will ride out the storm. But can she handle the turbulence of seeing Sawyer again? Years ago he walked away, taking her dreams of love. Now as Hurricane Zelda barrels down, Honey may have no choice but to trust Sawyer to save her life and--just maybe--her heart. (Contemporary Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Better than Fiction by April W Gardner and Michelle Massaro -- While creating a fictional romance, a novelist dissatisfied with her marriage falls prey to an emotional affair with her spiritual, sensitive friend, Curtis, who inspires her handsome hero. Meghan Townsend imagines the whole thing as harmless...until it isn't. Under Meghan's skillful pen, her characters, a 1916 heroine and a reckless racecar driver, embark on a thrilling, adventurous romance. But she finds that writing those love scenes with Curtis's face in mind takes her heart places it shouldn't go. Will she realize in time that real life can be better than fiction? (Contemporary Romance from Plaited Press)

Close to You by Kara Isaac -- A disgraced scholar running from her past and an entrepreneur chasing his future find themselves thrown together--and fall in love--on a Tolkien tour of New Zealand. (Contemporary Romance from Howard [Simon & Schuster])

Historical:

Counted With the Stars by Connilyn Cossette -- Sold into slavery by her father and forsaken by the man she was supposed to marry, young Egyptian Kiya must serve a mistress who takes pleasure in her humiliation. When terrifying plagues strike Egypt, Kiya is in the middle of it all. To save her older brother and escape the bonds of slavery, Kiya flees with the Hebrews during the Great Exodus. She finds herself utterly dependent on a fearsome God she's only just beginning to learn about, and in love with a man who despises her people. With everything she's ever known swept away, will Kiya turn back toward Egypt or surrender her life and her future to Yahweh? (Historical from Bethany House [Baker Publishing])

Historical Romance:

Stitching a Life in Persimmon Hollow by Gerri Bauer -- Living with her aunt and uncle, housekeeper Josefa longs for the glamorous life of a fashion designer far beyond her small town. But her dreams alarm her Tia Lupita, who fears Josefa's ambitions are unrealistic for a girl of her station. When Lupita announces a plan for Josefa to move away from Persimmon Hollow to live with distant relatives in Texas and prepare for an arranged marriage, the headstrong beauty knows she has to make an audacious choice. And when a decision arises between two suitors, will she choose a rich man who could give her all the outward trappings she desires, or a quiet carpenter who has fewer material goods but a bigger heart? (Historical Romance from Franciscan Media)

The Lady and the Mountain Call by Misty M. Beller -- Trapper Reuben Scott planned only a quick visit to his parents' homestead to tan his winter hides, but the strange woman standing at his mother's stove is a shock. And then this Cathleen Donaghue tells him his father's dead and his mother is losing her mind. The sad news may bring an end to the life he's loved--trapping, living in the wild freedom of these mountains, no one demanding he measure up. But he'll do anything for his family, even deal with this city woman since she seems to connect with his confused mother. When tragedy strikes Cathleen's family, this impassive mountain man may be the only one with the skills to save her. But can she trust him with her heart, too? (Historical Romance, Independently Published)

Where the Heart is Romance Collection by Andrea Boeshaar, Carol Cox, Rhonda Gibson, Sally Laity, Claire Sanders, Connie Stevens, Pamela Kaye Tracy, Erica Vetsch, and Jane West -- Journey along with nine women who find themselves on the move out of their comfortable lives and into the unknown as they set up new homes, take on new jobs, seek out loved ones, and encounter romance. Will their faith endure the hardships, and will love form when life is in transition? Written by nine inspirational romance authors who have a passion for American history and faith. (Historical Romance from Barbour Publishing)

Mail Order Mix-Up by Christine Johnson -- When school teacher Pearl Lawson sees an ad for a mail-order bride, she leaps at the opportunity to find a husband for her best friend. Roland doesn't know how an ad seeking a wife for his brother found its way into print. But now he has to handle the hopeful applicants--women who think he's the future groom. Not to mention the feisty, matchmaking schoolteacher who is just as determined not to marry as he is. Will this mix-up push Roland and Pearl to forget their plans of staying single and allow love into their lives? (Historical Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Losing Lincoln by Stephenia H. McGee -- Among the thousands of captured and hopeless Confederates in Elmira prison, Annabelle searches to find the one man who could be the key to saving her inheritance. Matthew will do everything in his power to protect the woman he loves--even if it means keeping her from the truth. Especially given his ties to a desperate madman seeking vengeance. In the final dark days of war, Matthew sets his hopes on Annabelle. She could be the lighthouse that guides him out of the ever encroaching sea of chaos. But first they must allow love and trust to overcome their prideful hearts. (Historical Romance, Independently Published)

Rumors and Promises by Kathleen Rouser -- Sophie Biddle, an heiress on the run with a child in tow, seeks to start over in a small town that doesn't like secrets. Reverend Ian McCormick has come to Stone Creek to escape past mistakes and prove himself a worthy servant of God and his congregation. They are drawn together by their love for music and her child, Caira, who Sophie tries to pass off as her little sister. Will the scandals of her past destroy his hope for their future? (Historical Romance from Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas)

The Reluctant Duchess by Roseanna M. White -- Lady Rowena Kinnaird may be the heiress to a Highland earldom, but she has never felt good enough. After a shocking attack, she's willing to be forever an outcast if it means escaping Loch Morar. While Brice Myerston, the Duke of Nottingham, has never shied away from manor-born ladies, the last thing he needs right now is the distraction of Lady Rowena's desperate situation. When Rowena's father tries to trap Brice into marrying his daughter, Brice makes a surprising decision. Rowena wanted to escape the Highlands, but she's reluctant to marry a notorious flirt. And when she learns that Brice is mixed up in dangerous business with a stolen treasure, she feels pushed directly into the path of everything she was trying to avoid. (Historical Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Romantic Suspense:

Silence in the Dark by Patricia Bradley -- Two years ago, Bailey Adams broke off her engagement to Danny Maxwell and fled Logan Point for the mission field in Chihuahua, Mexico. Now she's about to return home to the States, but there's just one problem. After Bailey meets with the uncle of one of the mission children in the city, she barely escapes a sudden danger. Now she's on the run--she just doesn't know from whom. To make matters worse, people who help her along the way find themselves in danger too--including Danny. Who is after her? Will they ever let up? And in the midst of the chaos, can Bailey keep herself from falling in love with her rescuer all over again? (Romantic Suspense from Revell [Baker Publishing])

Picture Perfect Murder by Rachel Dylan -- When photographer Lily Parker escapes an attack, she doesn't want any help from the FBI agent who is convinced she's a serial killer's latest obsession. But after one of her photographs is found at a murder scene, it's clear that Special Agent Rex Sullivan was right. Lily, a former CIA agent, isn't used to relying on others, but she won't survive without Rex at her side. And Rex quickly sees that Lily isn't a typical victim in need of his protection, but a valuable partner who can help him bring down a madman. With the murderer growing bolder, Rex has to convince Lily to trust him with her safety--or she could become the killer's next victim. (Romantic Suspense from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

What Happened on Beale Street by Mary Ellis -- When a talented musician is found dead in Memphis, Nate and Nicki are determined to find their friend's killer with a list of suspects longer than the Mississippi River. (Romantic Suspense from Harvest House)

Reunion Mission by Virginia Vaughan -- Lured into a dark classroom, high school teacher Claire Kendall stumbles over the body of a dead student--and into the clutches of the killer. Certain she's about to die, Claire is shocked when DEA agent Matt Ross bursts in and rescues her. The former army ranger who broke her heart ten years ago is back in town to bust a drug trafficking ring operating at the school. With Claire being framed for the young informant's murder, she has to put aside their past and trust her handsome ex to keep her safe. But someone is dead set on bringing their hometown reunion to a permanent end. (Romantic Suspense from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Speculative:

Tainted by Morgan L Busse -- A young woman discovers she can control the laws of science, but every time she does, she kills a part of her soul. If she doesn't find a cure soon, her soul will die and she will become something else entirely. After a devastating personal loss, Stephen Grey leaves the World City Police Force to become a bounty hunter. He believes in justice and will stop at nothing to ensure criminals are caught and locked up. However, when Kat Bloodmayne shows up in his office seeking his help, his world is turned upside down. Together they search World City and beyond for a doctor who can cure Kat. But what they discover on the way goes beyond science and into the dark sphere of magic. (Speculative from Enclave Publishing)

A Desperate Escape by JC Morrows -- The palace is scrambling to recover from a brutal assault . . . the country is in disarray . . . and the royal security team is on edge like never before. Kayden entered the palace under a lie . . . a lie that has now been exposed. Now Prince Dvarius has to decide what to do with his reluctant assassin. (Speculative from S&G Publishing)

The Xerxes Factor by Anna Zogg -- USF special agent Kelli Layne has one goal in life—find the girl who was abducted on her watch. Confident and self-sufficient, she doesn't need anyone. Including God. When she is nearly killed, she is forced to question her ideology. Only one person believes Kelli wasn't involved in the kidnapping, fellow agent Jayden Song. He risks his career to help her follow the clues to Xerxes IX, an alien planet with a humanoid population. To rescue the missing girl, Kelli and Jayden have no choice but to become fugitives from the law. Can they save the child without forfeiting their own lives? (Speculative from Next Step Books)

Thriller/Suspense:

The Tenth Plague by Adam Blumer -- Water turns to blood. Flies and gnats attack the innocent. Marc and Gillian Thayer's vacation resort becomes a grisly murder scene, with a killer using the ten plagues of Egypt as his playbook for revenge.

When their friend turns up dead, Marc and Gillian put their vacation on hold, enlist the help of a retired homicide detective, and take a closer look at the bizarre plagues as they escalate in intensity. Meanwhile, a stranger is after the Thayers' newly adopted baby. Will they uncover the truth behind the bitter agenda before the tenth plague, the death of the firstborn son? (Thriller/Suspense from Kirkdale Press)

Happy reading!

Monday, March 21, 2016

Under the Dogwood Tree and Free Books!


Childhood love blossoms then fades to a distant memory for a young librarian and a dashing EMT. But a spunky grandmother, an overanxious dog, and a dash of divine intervention create the perfect environment for romance to bloom the second time around.

Before we look at today's book, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Breaking Free, by Jennifer Slattery, is:

tlhcoupon@ . . .

Congratulations! I'll email you for your snail-mail address, 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.

As I do on occasion, today I want to introduce you to my latest release, the e-novella Under the Dogwood Tree (Forget-Me-Not Romances, March 2016), which is part of Forget-Me-Not's American State Flower series.

Here's a short synopsis of the story:

Bernadette Doyle thinks she’s put her life on hold for the summer, while she cares for Cookie, her aging firecracker of a grandmother.

But Cookie’s run-in with a spastic dog leads to Bernadette’s run-in with a handsome EMT who recognizes “Bernie” as his past childhood love.

The next three months of rekindled romance, uncovered crime, suffered loss, and explored recovery show Bernadette that her life is not on hold. Far from it—her life has just begun.

What is it about Bernadette and her hero, Micah Hart, that will make you care about them?

Bernadette and Micah were both teased as children--Bernie because of the very visible birthmark just below her ear, and Micah because he was chubby. As a result they bonded together as children and grew up to be sensitive, empathetic adults. Although their childhood friendship ended when their families moved elsewhere, the strengths (and weaknesses) of their young relationship are the very things that draw them back together upon crossing each others' paths again.

As I usually do with guest authors' books, I'm showing the actors I pictured while writing my characters. If there were a film version of this story, these are the people I imagine portraying my characters.

 photo Bernie Doyle_zpsdfb3w1cc.jpgI saw my heroine, Bernadette Doyle, as this lovely young woman. I'm sure she's an actress on some show or in film, but I have no idea what her name is. She just has that Irish-heritage look I envisioned for Bernie.




 photo Micah Hart_zpsavamkq2e.jpgAnd I pictured my hero, Micah Hart, looking like Alex O'Laughlin of Hawaii 5-0 fame.






I saw actress Beverly Polcyn as Bernadette's grandmother, Cookie.










 photo Marybeth Logan_zpsy3byuwqn.jpegAnd I had Anna Kendrick in mind as Bernadette's best friend, Marybeth Logan.



During these early days of the release, the novella is priced at only 99 cents. And I plan to give away a free copy to three subscribers or readers who answer the following question:

What kind of childhood struggle have you (or a loved one) had to overcome? How did that struggle influence you as an adult?

I'll draw names Monday, March 28. To enter, leave your answer below. "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, as well as my Disclosure of Material Connection HERE.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Jennifer Slattery, March Releases, and Free Books!

 photo BreakingFree_N1664109_zpsz6xg81b6.jpgSometimes it takes losing everything to grab hold of what really matters.

Before we meet today's featured author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Amish Sweethearts, by Leslie Gould, is:

grandaddya@ . . .

Congratulations! I'll email you for your snail-mail address, 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 let's revisit with novelist Jennifer Slattery, author of Breaking Free (New Hope Publishers, April 2016), a women’s fiction story with slight romantic elements and a hint of suspense.

 photo BCheadshot2013_zpst7cxykoi.jpgJennifer Slattery writes for New Hope Publishers and Internet Café Devotions, and the group blog, Faith-filled Friends. She’s also a content editor for Firefly, a Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas imprint.

When not writing, reading, or editing, Jennifer loves going on mall dates with her adult daughter and coffee dates with her hilariously fun husband.

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

--So long as I have my laptop and plenty of peanut butter and books to read, I can go days without leaving my house.

--I love reading about diverse cultures.

--I prefer long, leisurely strolls with my husband to dinner dates at fancy restaurants.

A woman after my own heart on just about every one of those points!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Breaking Free.

 photo BreakingFree_N1664109_zpsz6xg81b6.jpgBreaking Free is about two people who are enslaved to the secrets they keep.

Women’s ministry leader and Seattle housewife, Alice Goddard, and her successful graphic-designer husband appear to have it all together. Until their credit and debit cards are denied, launching Alice into an investigation that only leads to the discovery of secrets.

Meanwhile, her husband is trapped in a downward spiral of lies, shame, and self-destruction. Can they break free from their deception and turn to the only One who can save them? And will it be in time to save their marriage?

What is it about Alice and her husband that will make your readers care about them?

My heroine loves her family and will do anything to hold it together. She’s strong in the face of chaos and is determined to not only discover herself but also to survive.

My hero also loves his family, and his risk-taking personality has helped him climb the corporate ladder, although that same character trait lands him in a giant mess. But his love for his wife motivates him to climb out of his pit and fight fiercely for her love.

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

My answer to this question, unfortunately, will reveal how out of touch I am. Remember when I said I could survive on books, peanut butter, and unhindered computer access? Well… I’m not much of a television or movie watcher. I’d rather spend my time reading. ☺ In other words, I have no idea what actor and actress should play the leading rolls in Breaking Free.

 photo images-6_zpsdym5fne0.jpegJust based on your book jacket, maybe Rachel Bloom, star of the television show, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (which I've never seen) for Alice





 photo images-8_zpskode5gtt.jpegand Chris Pratt for her husband.




If you’d like to share the opening line or lines to your novel, we’d love to read them.

I’d love to!

This place, these friends—her life—was exhausting. What Alice wouldn’t give to hide away . . . indefinitely. And yet here she sat in an upscale Seattle restaurant with her upscale Seattle friends, playing the part, while her latest keynote cycled through her brain again and again. Authenticity. Transparency. That’s the key to the Christian life.

Right.

You can read a free, 33-page excerpt here.

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

I just finished Could I Have This Dance? by Harry Kraus. It’s about a medical intern completing her first year of residency while maintaining a relationship with her fiancé, who lives some distance away.

This story had a strong thread of suspense and planted numerous questions in my mind as I read. I knew someone was out to get the heroine, but I wasn’t sure whom this was. And I feared for her safety, and I wasn’t entirely sure she’d make it through residency. The writing was strong, I admired the heroine, and the premise was intriguing.

What are you working on now?

I’m revising what I hope to be book three in my Midwestern Romance Series tentatively titled A Different Kind of Love. Here’s the blurb:

Though she stands for everything he’s against, his heart won’t let him walk away.

All Robby wants to do is serve God, grow a godly family, and make a positive impact on the lives of others. But when a pregnant abortionist and a soon-to-be paroled father ignite the pain from his past, his mercy-filled love is overshadowed by a bitterness that threatens to destroy him. At what point can he walk away for good? And what will it cost him if he does?

Where else can readers find you online?

I encourage readers to visit my blog at jenniferslatterylivesoutloud. They can also connect with me on Facebook and on Twitter @JenSlattery

The book can be purchased online via the following buttons:





     CBD
694682: Breaking Free: A Comtemporary Romance Novel


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

Breaking Free is set in one of my favorite cities—Seattle, Washington. This city is special to me not just because of its rich cultural flavor but also because of the numerous memories I have of it. Do you have a favorite US city, and if so, what do you love about it?

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, March 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, as well as my Disclosure of Material Connection HERE.

As you scroll to the bottom of today's post to answer Jennifer's question, take a look at some of the great inspirational fiction being released this month!

Contemporary Romance:

The Nanny's Secret Child by Lorraine Beatty -- She had a chance to be a nanny for the child she gave up at birth, and couldn't say no. (Contemporary Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

The Goodbye Bride by Denise Hunter -- Lucy Lovett can't remember the last seven months of her life. She doesn't remember leaving her fiancé Zac Callahan, moving to Portland, Maine, or getting engaged to another man. All she remembers is loving Zac more than life itself. Zac was just beginning to get his life back on track after Lucy left him with no explanation. And now she's back--vulnerable, homeless, and still in love with him. Has he been given a second chance with the only woman who stirs his passion and haunts his dreams? Lucy knows she must unlock those missing months and discover why she threw everything away. And Zac knows that if he follows his heart he'll win back the love of his life--but if Lucy's memory returns, his would-be bride might say goodbye forever. (Contemporary Romance from HarperCollins Christian Publishing [Thomas Nelson and Zondervan])

The Red Door Inn by Liz Johnson -- Marie Carrington is hoping to find safety and sanctuary on Prince Edward Island, where she reluctantly agrees to help decorate a renovated bed-and-breakfast before it opens for prime tourist season. Seth Sloane didn't move three thousand miles to work on his uncle's B&B so he could babysit a woman with a taste for expensive antiques and a bewildering habit of jumping every time he brushes past her. He came to help restore the old Victorian--and to forget about the fiancée who broke his heart. The only thing Marie and Seth agree on is that getting the Red Door Inn ready to open in just three months will take everything they've got. Can these two wounded souls find hope, healing, and perhaps a bit of romance on this beautiful island? (Contemporary Romance from Revell [Baker Publishing])

A Glimmer of Hope: A Novella Prequel to Isle of Hope by Julie Lessman -- Lacey Carmichael is a wounded girl serving up trouble. Jack O'Bryen is a pastor's kid bent on serving God. But can they find a glimmer of hope for a future together? (Contemporary Romance from Julie Lessman LLC)

General:

Grace in the Flames by Michelle Massaro -- Three people. One God of Grace. John Douglas thought he knew the future God had for him--raise a family and grow old with his bride, Hannah. But then a deadly house fire incinerates his faith, destroying the man he'd been. Worship leader Jenni Dupont conquered her demons years ago and has the scars to prove it. But temptation strikes when her world is shattered, and this time she's not sure if God can carry her through. Bar waitress April Johanson lives with the secret trauma of an abusive past. Desperate to stay off the streets of Vegas, she'll do whatever is necessary to pay the rent. When their lives intersect, God will ask them to do the impossible. To love Him even if… (General from Harvest House Publishers)

Historical Mystery:

Dressed for Death by Julianna Deering -- Drew and Madeline Farthering attend a Regency-era house party but end up with a murder mystery to solve when one of the guests dies from a drug overdose. Then the dark question arises of whether the death is an accident or murder. Drew is shocked when the police arrest someone he's trusted and admired since his childhood--someone who's been smuggling drugs into the country for years. Questioning his own ability to see people as they really are, Drew doesn't know who to trust, and he's not ready for the secrets he's about to uncover--or the danger he'll bring down on everyone he holds dear. (Historical Mystery from Bethany House [Baker Publishing])

Historical Romance:

The Cowboy's Bride Collection by Susan Page Davis, Vickie McDonough, Susanne Dietze, Nancy J. Farrier, Miralee Ferrell, Darlene Franklin, Davalynn Spencer, Becca Whitham, and Jaime Jo Wright -- Ride onto the open range alongside cowboys and cowgirls who embrace the adventures of living in the Old West from Kansas to New Mexico, Colorado to Texas. Whether rounding up cattle or mustangs, training horses, fending off outlaws, weathering storms, competing in rodeos, or surviving drought these cowboys work hard each day. But when hardheaded men have their weaknesses exposed by well-meaning women will they stampede away or will a lasting love develop? (Historical Romance from Barbour Publishing)

The Marriage Bargain by Angel Moore -- Lily Warren's new hat shop is her ticket to self-reliance…until a fire threatens to destroy her dreams. And when Edward Stone--her landlord and the town blacksmith--bursts into her private rooms to rescue her, Lily's reputation is tarnished. So Edward proposes a solution that could save her good name--even as it puts her independence at risk. With an orphaned niece who needs a mother, Edward believes a marriage of convenience is the answer to his and Lily's problems. But he didn't plan on developing feelings for his new wife. Perhaps it's time for the wary blacksmith to try forging something truly precious--a real family… (Historical Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Mystery:

A Fool and His Monet by Sandra Orchard -- Despite her mother's pleas to do something safer--like get married--Serena Jones has joined the FBI Art Crime Team and is learning how to go undercover in hopes of catching the art thief who murdered her grandfather. When a local museum discovers an irreplaceable Monet missing, Jones leaps into action. The clues point in different directions, and her boss orders her to cease investigating her most promising suspect. But determined to solve the case and perhaps discover another clue in her grandfather's murder, she pushes ahead, regardless of the danger. (Mystery from Revell [Baker Publishing])

Romantic Suspense:

The Stronghold by Lisa Carter -- Drug violence, revenge killings, and kidnapping are nothing new along the U.S.-Mexican border. But now teenage girls are disappearing from the Apache reservations of Arizona and New Mexico. Apache tribal cop Pilar To-Clanny and FBI Special Agent Alex Torres have a long and tumultuous history. When someone close to them disappears, Pilar and Alex must risk everything to rescue the child, including facing the unresolved issues of the past, and venture into the no-man's land of the drug cartels. Can Pilar and Alex work together to stop a sadistic killer before he strikes again? On a quest to rescue those they love, who will rescue them? (Romantic Suspense from Abingdon Press)

Protecting Her Daughter by Lynette Eason -- After someone attempts to abduct her daughter, single mom Zoe Collier flees to a remote ranch for safety. But when the would-be kidnappers follow them to Wrangler's Corner, Zoe must figure out why somebody wants Sophia. Local vet Aaron Starke is determined to help Zoe investigate--and to keep his intriguing new neighbors safe. Zoe's used to relying on her own wits to survive. But quick-witted, caring Aaron is just the type of man she needs in her corner. And he might be her partner for keeps…if they can find the truth without losing their lives. (Romantic Suspense from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

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