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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!

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Elizabeth Goddard and Free Books!

 photo Tailspin - Elizabeth Goddard_zpskrrpmh6n.jpgNothing can stop Sylvie Masters from scuba diving to find her mother's downed plane—except possibly the hit man determined to keep the truth from surfacing.

Before we meet today's featured author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of James Rubart's The Five Times I Met Myself 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 Elizabeth Goddard, author of the romantic suspense novel, Tailspin (Love Inspired Suspense, April 2016).

 photo Headshot_zpsegnlksl5.jpgElizabeth Goddard is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than twenty-five romance novels and counting.

A seventh generation Texan, Elizabeth graduated with a B.S. degree in computer science and worked in high-level software sales for several years before retiring to home school her children and fulfill her dream of becoming an author.

She currently makes her home in Minnesota where she serves with her husband ministry.

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

-- I hate to fly.

-- I played the cello in my high school orchestra.

-- I love slow cooker meals.

I'm definitely with you on the flying! Or, at least, I hate waiting to fly. And sitting in the cramped row for hours!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Tailspin.

 photo Tailspin - Elizabeth Goddard_zpskrrpmh6n.jpgSet in southeast Alaska, Tailspin is book 5 in my Mountain Cove series.

My heroine, Sylvie Masters, is diving, searching for her mother’s downed plane when she is met by another diver who is holding a knife and attacks her. She escapes to a nearby island and is running for her life when my bush pilot hero comes to her rescue.

 He hates to dive and she hates to fly, but turns out they are both looking for the same downed-plane. His mother was the bush pilot and Sylvie’s mother was the passenger. They must both overcome their fears and pool their resources to discover the truth that someone is willing to kill for in order to keep hidden.

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

Both characters play a leading role and both are strong characters.

Readers will care about Sylvie because she’s strong and won’t give up searching for the truth about what happened to her mother. She only wants closure but searching for answers puts her life in danger. Add to that, she is also the long-lost Warren sibling from my first Mountain Cove book.

My bush pilot hero is easy to care about—he’s the swashbuckling hero of my contemporary story. Readers who have read previous Mountain Cove novels have already met him, and know he deserves his own HEA.

I love that you incorporated those characters from previous stories.

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

 photo Unknown_zpsngr6lcu9.jpegEmily Blunt would play Sylvie Masters, my diving instructor heroine,




 photo images_zpsbpvoggka.jpegand Liam Hemsworth is just perfect for Will Pierson.






How would you complete this sentence: Had I known twenty years ago what I know today, I would have … 

I would have started writing and submitting my work much sooner, believing in myself much more.

Amen to that! I love seeing young authors, with that early sense of direction, getting into publishing and starting a long career. 

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

I just finished reading The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley. I was in the mood for a gothic novel, and The Winter Sea was all that and more, weaving true historical facts in with a modern story. Wonderful!

What are you working on now?

I just turned in the second book in a new series called Wilderness, Inc., set in the Wild Rogue Wilderness of southwest Oregon, and this week I’ll be starting on the third book.

Where else can readers find you online?

My website of course, elizabethgoddard.com
Facebook
Twitter
Christiansread.com
suspensesisters.blogspot.com
cleanromancereadscafe.blogspot.com


The book can be purchased online via the following buttons:




     CBD
447351: Tailspin

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

What is your favorite adventure romantic suspense—either movie or novel?

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

Readers, Elizabeth has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, May 2.
To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Elizabeth'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.

Monday, April 18, 2016

James L. Rubart and Free Books!

 photo The Five Times I Met Myself COVER_zps8yhkstwe.jpgWhat if you could talk to your 23 year old self? What would you say to them?

Before we meet today's featured author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Marta Perry's The Rebel is:

wesnpam@ . . .

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 James L. Rubart, author of the contemporary, "slipstream" novel, The Five Times I Met Myself (Harper Collins Christian Publishing, November 2015).

 photo James headshot 8 13_zpsmjokbc3k.jpgJames L. Rubart is 28 years old, but lives trapped inside an older man's body. He thinks he's still young enough to water ski like a madman and dirt bike with his two grown sons, and loves to send readers on journeys they'll remember months after they finish one of his stories.

He's the best-selling, Christy, INSPY, and RT Book Reviews award winning author of seven novels as well as a professional speaker. During the day he runs his marketing company which helps businesses, authors, and publishers make more coin of the realm.

He lives with his amazing wife on a small lake in eastern Washington.

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

-- I used to be a semi-pro magician.

-- I’m a scuba diver.

-- I crushed the fingers of my right hand under a table saw when I was one and a half. Doctors said the fingers would never grow. They did. Miracle? Yes.

I do love how the adventure you've incorporated into your personal life--whether by choice or accident--seems to give energy to your creativity in writing.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of The Five Times I Met Myself.

 photo The Five Times I Met Myself COVER_zps8yhkstwe.jpgWhat if you met your twenty-three-year-old self in a dream? What would you say?

Brock Matthews’ once promising life is unraveling. His coffee company. His marriage.

So when he discovers his vivid dreams—where he encounters his younger self—might let him change his past mistakes, he jumps at the chance. The results are astonishing, but also disturbing.

Because getting what Brock wants most in the world will force him to give up the one thing he doesn’t know how to let go . . . and his greatest fear is that it’s already too late.

What is it about Brock that will make your readers care about him?

Brock has regrets—just like we all do. Life hasn’t turned out the way he wanted it to. He wishes he could go back and make different choices. He longs to make things right, so in many ways he is us. We want to do the same things, so we care about Brock because we care about ourselves, and find so much of ourselves in Brock.

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

 photo images_zpsipl2nv48.jpegBrock- A younger version of Harrison Ford





 photo Unknown_zpscb7u0oas.jpegKarissa- Diane Lane





 photo images-1_zpsequhllfr.jpegYoung Brock- Miles Teller





 photo images-6_zpsizm8mbek.jpegRon- Christopher Meloni






 photo Unknown-1_zpsorxnjj6m.jpegDr. Shagool- Gary Oldman







How would you complete this sentence: Had I known twenty years ago what I know today, I would have …

Taken more risks, stood up for myself more, lived more in the moment than in the past or the future.

I would imagine you delved into much of that while writing your current novel.

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

Just re-read ARENA, by Karen Hancock. It’s brilliant modern day version of Pilgrims Progress, but not overt.

I think that was the first Inspirational Sci-Fi novel I ever read, and I loved it. So exciting. I'm embarrassed to say I didn't recognize it as Pilgrim's Progress. Now I want to read it again!

What are you working on now?

I’m just wrapping up my next novel, The Long Journey to Jake Palmer, and it’s a fun one. It’s about a man who is searching for a lost corridor at the end of a lake in Oregon, where if he finds the corridor and gets through to the other side, he’ll get what he wants most in the world. It comes out in August.

Where else can readers find you online?

On my website jameslrubart.com where they can subscribe to my newsletter which is the best way to keep up with what I’m doing. Also, on Facebook and on Twitter: @jamesLrubart


The book can be purchased online via the following buttons:




     CBD
686116: The Five Times I Met Myself

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

What’s the one choice you would ask your twenty three year old self to make differently?

I love that question! Looking forward to hearing what people say. (I'll post too.)

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

Readers, Jim has offered to give a signed copy of his book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, April 25.
To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Jim'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.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Marta Perry and Free Books!

 photo TheRebel_cover_zpsbthdk4hg.jpgIn the final Keepers of the Promise novel, the acclaimed author of the Pleasant Valley series tells about a young Amish woman who must make a difficult choice, just as her grandmother did years ago.

Before we meet today's featured author, I want to announce that the winner of the e-copy of Angela Ruth Strong's Finding Love in Sun Valley, Idaho is:

fishingjan@ . . .

and the winner of the e-copy of Beth Vogt's You Can't Hurry Love is

psalm103and138@ . . .

Congratulations! we'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 Marta Perry, author of the Amish Inspirational novel, The Rebel (Keepers of the Promise Book 3, Berkley Books, April 2016.)

 photo Marty booksigning1_zpswx9m5y4w.jpgA lifetime spent in rural Pennsylvania and her own Pennsylvania Dutch heritage led Marta to write about the Plain People who add so much richness to the heritage of her home state. Marta has seen over nearly sixty of her books published.

She and her husband live in a centuries-old farmhouse on twenty-five acres in a central Pennsylvania valley.

When she’s not writing, she’s reading, traveling, sewing, baking, or enjoying her six beautiful grandchildren.

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

--I’ve visited almost 20 countries and hope to get to a few more before I’m finished.

--I once spent an entire parade on a float in a mermaid costume which didn’t allow me to walk.

--My husband says I’m a perfectionist about only two things—being a grandmother and writing.

I love the image of the mermaid, Marta. That would be fun in a story.

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

 photo TheRebel_cover_zpsbthdk4hg.jpgCentral Pennsylvania, current day.

Restless and adventurous, Amish Barbie Lapp has been stepping out among the Englisch. Minister Benuel Kauffman doesn’t approve of her choices, but he can’t deny the positive influence Barbie has on his wayward teenage sister.

As Barbie is drawn to the kindness beneath Benuel’s gruff exterior, the mementos she finds in a dower chest given to her by her grandmother, Elizabeth, provide the insight she needs to decide whether to fully embrace the Amish way of life or leave it behind for forever.

Lancaster County, 1960.

As working farms for the Amish become scarce, Elizabeth Lapp’s husband, Reuben, tries to persuade her that they would be better off moving north. But the prospect of leaving her close-knit community of family and friends frightens Elizabeth. Can she muster enough love and faith to leap into a new life?

Two women from one family, separated by decades, both find that the ultimate adventure takes place in the heart.

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

Barbie is lively and rebellious, always looking for something different from the restricted life she’s known, but her warm heart leads her to take endless trouble for those who need help.

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

 photo Unknown_zpsnwqfzixn.jpegA young Harrison Ford!

How would you complete this sentence: Had I known twenty years ago what I know today, I would have  . . .

. . . done things in exactly the same way. Even though I’ve made mistakes and stumbled often, I’ve learned from every experience of my life, both personal and writing.

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

I recently read Linda Goodnight’s The Memory House and found it so moving. It’s about the ability to rise above bad experiences and forge a new life filled with family and love.

What are you working on now?

I’ve just finished a Christmas Novella that will be out in November from Love Inspired Books, titled The Midwife’s Christmas Surprise. What could be more Christmasy than a lost love returned, an unexpected baby, and a snowstorm?

Where else can readers find you online?

Look for me at www.martaperry.com and Facebook.

The book can be purchased online via the following buttons:




     CBD
271438: NEW! #3: The Rebel

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

What is your favorite type of romantic story—Cinderella, the secret baby, first love, friends into lovers, marriage of convenience, or something else?

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

Readers, Marta has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, April 18.
To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Marta'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.
 

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