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, June 27, 2016

Heather Blanton and Free Books!

 photo promise_ebook_zpshlwnvpsa.jpgChoices have consequences … even for the redeemed.

Today we're featuring novelist Heather Blanton, author of the Inspirational Western Romance, A Promise in Defiance (Romance in the Rockies, Book 3) (Rivulet Publishing, June 2016).

Heather Blanton is the independent bestselling author of several Christian Westerns, including the Romance in the Rockies series, which has sold over 40,000 copies.

Intrigued by the concept of three good sisters stranded in a lawless mining town, a few notable Hollywood producers have requested the script for her first book in that series, A Lady in Defiance.

Heather's writing is gritty and realistic. In fact, her books have been compared to AMC's Hell on Wheels series, as well as the legendary Francine Rivers book, Redeeming Love.

A former journalist, Heather is an avid researcher and skillfully weaves truth in among the fictional story lines. She also loves exploring the American West. She has walked parts of the Oregon Trail, ridden horses through the Rockies, climbed to the top of Independence Rock, and even held an outlaw's note in her hand.

She lives on a farm with her three boys just outside Raleigh, North Carolina.

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

--I breed Long Hair German Shepherds.

--In high school I wrote a story about a girl who stole a camel and rode away from an army fort to find her missing soldier. (The US Army at one point experimented with camels in the Southwest—so there was a reason for the absurdity.)

--I am the repository of an embarrassing amount of Star Trek trivia. Star Trek, the first and best generation.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of A Promise in Defiance.

Logan Tillane carries a Bible in his hand, wears a gun on his hip, and fights for lost souls any way he can. Newly arrived in Defiance, though, he has trouble telling saints from sinners. The challenge only worsens when infamous madam Delilah Goodnight steps off the stage. She and the new preacher have opposite plans for the town. One wants to save it, one wants to lead it straight to hell.

Town founder Charles McIntyre has a new wife … and a ten-year-old half-breed son dropped on his doorstep. In a town as mean as Defiance, can he dare to love them both? If he tries, will the price be too high, even for him?

They can both count on one thing: whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap ... and the harvest is at hand...

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

Logan has done a lot of bad things: he’s killed men, beaten women, spent too much time drinkin’ and pickin’ fights. But the Lord changed him and Logan believes he can now help people who are as lost as he once was. He’s a portrait of a man who wants to let his past make him better, not bitter or defeated. In the face of adversity, though, he struggles with doing things his way vs. God’s way. He’s an easy guy to be around because he’s humble and authentic. Authentic in that he’s truly repentant for hurting someone very special to him.

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

 photo scott-eastwood-1024_zpsvrqagxph.jpgLogan Tillane – Scott Eastwood

 photo scarlett-johansson-avengers-black-widow-01_zps2gc1rkax.jpgDelilah Goodnight – Scarlett Johanson

 photo Unknown_zpsixe1knzj.jpegCharles McIntyre – Ian Somerhalder

Naomi McIntyre – Reese Witherspoon

Emilio – Diego Luna

 photo images_zpsl08jdadc.jpegMollie -- Jennifer Lawrence

 photo images-1_zpspisobo4e.jpegBilly Page – Hayden Christensen

 photo Unknown-2_zpse18qly6a.jpegHannah Frink – Elle Fanning

If you were contracted to write a novel based on your life, what title would you give it?

Never Give in, Never Back Down, Never Lose Faith

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

I am just finishing The Poachers Daughter by Michael Zimmer. Zimmer is a real Western writer in that he knows the subject because he’s lived the life. He is an in depth researcher and has a passion for his stories. This tale is a bit of a twist on the Western—the protagonist is female, but there are still horses, gunfights, a little romance, and a poignant hat-tip to the disappearing West of the late 1800’s.

What are you working on now?

I have a WW 2 novella I am contributing to a collection from Rivulet Publishing and a mail order bride story that will go into a collection with several authors, chiefly Susette Williams. Both will be out in the fall.

Also, I wrote a script for my first book, A Lady in Defiance and it has been perused by some producers in Hollywood like Brian Bird and Mark Headly. Fortunately, the script has garnered some serious interest so now I am trying to decide if I want to accept an offer to be represented and let the agent shop it around, or if I want to work with a professional screen writer and we’ll sell it ourselves. I’m still praying about my next move here.

Very exciting! 

Where else can readers find you online?

Facebook page
Facebook author page

The book can be purchased online via the following buttons:

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

If a guy had to have one physical flaw to make a story interesting, what would you suggest? Cross-eyed, amputee, near-sighted? What?

Readers, Heather has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, July 4. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Heather'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, June 13, 2016

Mountain Brook Ink Summer Book Release Party and Free Books!

Tomorrow, Tuesday, June 14, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. PDT, Mountain Brook Ink will hold a four-book release party on Facebook. Lots of books, gift cards, and a Kindle Fire will be given away, so come join us!

The books featured include In Love and War, the four-novella collection of romantic-rival stories:

Lassoed by Love by Miralee Ferrell -- Lindsey Morgan is struggling and she can no longer afford the life she's been living. The exclusive boutique she managed recently closed. Ready for a new adventure, she accepts a job at a resort. What could go wrong working at a gift shop and laying by a pool during her off hours? What Lindsey didn't expect was Steven Graham, her high-school crush, showing up--as her new boss. Steven isn't the shy, red-neck teen she'd known six years ago. He's somehow morphed into a gorgeous, aloof, more refined man. Too bad he thinks she's still the spoiled cheerleader he thought had snubbed him, but she'd change that assumption if it killed her--and with the new job description she'd been handed, it just might!

Designed with Love by Kimberly Rose Johnson -- To save her fledgling landscape business, Jessie Morgan is determined to win an important design competition--even though her major competitors are ex-fiancé Brendon Jacobs and one-time best friend Scott Meyers. Tensions are high in the quaint town of Silver Springs, Oregon as neighbors and friends take sides. Will Brendon drive Jessie and Scott farther apart, or will they join forces...and find love in the process?

More Than Meets the Eye by Trish Perry -- Jensy St. Martin is not pleased when she recognizes the latest ad man to join the Washington, D. C. agency she has long considered her professional home. Phil Quinn was a cocky, love-'em-and-leave-'em type when they attended the same high school ten years ago, and she senses he hasn't changed much since then. When the two ad designers are forced to work together on a campaign, Jensy learns more than she wants to know about the man, and his growing attractiveness becomes the least of her worries.

Hungry Hearts by Debby Mayne -- When Cameron Prater returns to Hyacinth, South Carolina, to open a restaurant a few doors down from his childhood sweetheart Melissa Shaw's diner, they are both reminded of the fierce competitiveness that drove them apart. They even try to outdo each other while volunteering for a women's shelter that their church sponsors, and they deny the fact that the sparks that brought them together years ago still zing. Can these two people put aside their rivalry--and their pride--and let their hearts take over?

Also featured tomorrow is Heart of a Cowboy, which includes historical novellas by Susan Page Davis (Hearts in Pursuit); Miralee Ferrell (Hearts Reunited); Yvonne Lehman (Have Dress, Will Marry); and Vickie McDonough (The Hand-Me-Down Husband).

Another novel featured at the release party is No Greater Love, by Theresa Morgan, which was highlighted just weeks ago on my blog: HERE

Finally, Kimberly Rose Johnson's contemporary romantic suspense novel,  A Love to Treasure, Book 1 in the Summer Dreams series, will be featured.

Many of the authors will participate in the chat, so come visit, bring your questions, join the fun, and maybe win a book, gift card, or Kindle Fire! Mountain Brook Ink Book Release Party

Finally, I want to announce that the winner of the free ecopy of Curio, by Evangeline Denmark, featured last week, is psalm103and138@...  Congratulations! I'll get your email address to Evangeline, and we'll get that book to you right away!

I hope to chat with you all tomorrow evening!

Monday, June 6, 2016

Evangeline Denmark, June Releases, and Free Books!

 photo Curiocover_zps7szo8vem.pngTrapped in an enchanted curio cabinet where porcelain figures rule and their clockwork servants plot revolution, Grey Haward must trust a new strength growing within and a strange boy in disguise if she hopes to survive and get back home.

Before we revisit with today's featured author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Sibella Giorello's Stone and Spark is:

lcenlow@ . . .

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 visit with novelist Evangeline Denmark, author of the Young Adult Steampunk Fantasy, Curio (Blink, January 2016).

 photo Denmark-48_with_credits_zpsgkn7u1fs.jpgEvangeline writes fiction with hints of whimsy, glimmers of fantasy, and strokes of the supernatural. Her debut novel Curio was an RT Reviews Top Pick for February 2016, and USA Today called the world-building “two levels of genius.”

A Young Adult Steampunk Fantasy with shades of The Wild, Wild West and The Wizard of Oz, Curio sets coming of age and first love against a backdrop of steam-propelled greed and societal repression.

Evangeline lives in Colorado in a house stuffed full of animals and creative people that would surely go to ruin were it not for the watchful eye of a cattle dog named Willie.

Very impressive accolades for Curio

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

-- Donita K. Paul, author of The DragonKeeper Chronicles, is my mother.

-- I’m named after the poem by Henry W. Longfellow.

-- I’m afraid of helium balloons, but only after they’ve lost some of their gas and float around the house like disembodied heads. You’re afraid of them now too, aren’t you?

It can be a bit off putting to catch something like that out of the corner of your eye!

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

 photo Curiocover_zps7szo8vem.pngGrey Haward lives in a western, mining town controlled by evil alchemists known as the Chemist Council. When Grey breaks the law, her family hides her in an enchanted curio cabinet with the instructions to “Find him and bring him back.”

Thrust into a strange society of living porcelain and clockwork people, Grey must navigate a brewing revolution, escape the Porcie ruler’s obsession with her, and find a way back to her world. When she meets another human—a boy in disguise and known as the Mad Tock—she thinks he might be the one she was sent to find.

But the Mad Tock’s true identity and the secrets he knows about Grey have the power to change two worlds.

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

I like to write about characters who don’t quite fit in because I think we’ve all experienced that at some point. As a tall, powerfully-built girl, Grey feels out of place in her community, and the repressive laws of Mercury City make her even more uncomfortable in her own skin. Part of Grey’s journey is breaking out of the roles placed on her and embracing her strength and passion for justice.

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

I’ve kind of done my own version of celebrity mashup for my characters so,  photo images_zpsl08jdadc.jpeg

For Grey, Jennifer Lawrence

 photo images-1_zpsfw4uuxry.jpegand Sarah Chalke.

 photo Unknown_zpsjpcfukuq.jpegFor Blaise, Ben Barnes

 photo d9d331cbefca2e1e7241f2b0362b0d9d_zpsshzwszy1.jpgand Keith Longhorn.

 photo Unknown-1_zpsacclt2rd.jpegFor Whit, Colin Morgan

 photo Unknown-2_zpsmgcw2fmf.jpegand Milo Ventimiglia.

What fun! I wish I had that program that morphs images together.

If you were contracted to write a novel based on your life, what title would you give it?

WTF: Woman Trying to Function

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

Six of Crows,by Leigh Bardugo, jumps to mind. It was stunning. The characters are complex and diverse. You can’t help but love them, and the plot and story world are totally engrossing.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on more stories in the Curio universe and also some completely unrelated projects.

Where else can readers find you online?

Facebook page

The book can be purchased online via the following buttons:

729663: Curio

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

What about Steampunk (fiction, art, cosplay) appeals to you?

As you scroll to the bottom of this post to leave your answer to Evangeline's question, take a look at the fantastic inspirational fiction releasing this month!

Contemporary Romance:

Sweet Dreams by Cecelia Dowdy -- A single mom trying to distance herself and her two year old daughter from their dysfunctional family is torn when she falls for a grieving baker dealing with his own family struggles. (Contemporary Romance, Independently Published)

In Love and War by Miralee Ferrell, Kimberly Rose Johnson, Debby Mayne, and Trish Perry -- In this collection, four couples have to decide whether to fight or find love. A gift shop clerk at a fancy resort fights to redeem her reputation with her high-school crush turned new boss. To save her fledgling business, a landscape artist competes in a design competition against two handsome men--her ex- fiancé and her one-time best friend. An ad agent disapproves of the new playboy working at her Washington, D.C. agency, until they're forced to work together on a campaign and she finds herself falling for him. A man starts a new restaurant in the town where his childhood sweetheart owns a diner, and the sparks that fly aren't just competitive ones.

Sea Rose Lane by Irene Hannon -- After a devastating layoff, attorney Eric Nash heads back to the town where he grew up--only to discover that his childhood home is being transformed into a bed & breakfast. Instead of plotting his next career move in peace, he's constantly distracted by noise, chaos--and BJ Stevens, the attractive but prickly blonde architect and construction chief who's invaded the house with her motley crew. As for BJ, her client's son might be handsome, but after a disastrous romance, dating isn't high on her agenda. Yet when they join forces to create a program for Hope Harbor seniors, might they also find healing, hope, and a new beginning themselves? (Contemporary Romance from Revell [Baker])

A Love to Treasure by Kimberly Rose Johnson -- While on vacation an amateur sleuth follows left by her deceased grandmother, and ends up working with a local police officer to solve several mysterious burglaries. (Contemporary Romance from Mountain Brook Ink)

Almost Like Being in Love by Beth K. Vogt -- Caron Hollister goes on vacation to Colorado and ends up working as a home stager for her ex-boyfriend, a realtor participating in the Colorado Springs Tour of Homes. But she can't let herself fall for him when she's already won an all-expenses paid destination wedding for her and her current boyfriend—who hasn't proposed to her yet. (Contemporary Romance from Howard [Simon & Schuster])

General Fiction:

Sapphire Secrets by Dawn V. Cahill -- Twins Livy and DeeDee McCreary open a dance studio in honor of their late mother, whom they lost when they were six. Problem is, Livy remembers nothing of the day her mother died. The more she questions her family about that awful day, the more she suspects she's been lied to all her life. While she's seeking answers to what really happened, she keeps crossing paths with handsome engineer Scott Lorenzo, who compels her to question the New Age philosophy she was raised on. What if there is a personal God out there who cares about her? Before Livy can discover answers, a brutal accident interrupts her search. Can she find the strength to keep on with her quest, even if it means losing the two people dearest to her--her twin, and the man she loves? (General, Independently Published)

Close to Home by Deborah Raney -- Bree Cordel Whitman is a Whitman by marriage, but sometimes she forgets she wasn't born into Grant and Audrey's family. Her late husband, Timothy Whitman, gave his life for his country on a windblown hill in Afghanistan. Bree has let the love of Tim's family keep her ties to him strong--in the same way she keeps Tim's memory alive for them. But it's been almost five years, and she can't hang onto the past forever. Fighting the guilt she feels for wanting to love again, she can't help her dreams about a tall, dark, and handsome man--a man who is not her Tim. How can she accept the flirtations from Drew Brooks without throwing the Whitman family back into grieving? And how can Drew compete with the ghost of a hero and the hero's very alive family who seem to hold some spell over the woman who shares their name . . . a woman he might just love? (General from Abingdon Press)

Historical Literary:

Like a River from Its Course by Kelli Stuart -- An epic novel exposing the ugliness of war and the beauty of hope through the eyes of four people. Maria Ivanovna is only fourteen when the bombing begins and not much older when she is forced into work at a German labor camp. She must fight to survive and to make her way back to her beloved Ukraine. Ivan Kyrilovich is falsely mistaken for a Jew and lined up with 34,000 other men, women, and children who are to be shot at the edge of Babi Yar, the "killing ditch." He survives, but not without devastating consequences. Luda is sixteen when German soldiers attack her. Now pregnant with the child of the enemy, she is abandoned by her father, alone, and in pain. She must learn to trust family and friends again and find her own strength in order to discover the redemption that awaits. Frederick Hermann is sure in his knowledge that the Führer's plans for domination are right and just. He is driven to succeed by a desire to please a demanding father and by his own blind faith in the ideals of Nazism. (Historical Literary from Kregel Publications)

Historical Romance:

A Nanny for Keeps by Janet Lee Barton -- With no teaching positions open, Georgia Marshall agrees to become the temporary nanny for the two little girls next door. She soon becomes enamored of the precocious children and their distant widowed father, but the nobleman is out of her reach. Tyler Walker swore he'd never again give his heart away. He refuses to allow this arrangement with the pretty teacher to become permanent…no matter how much he wants Georgia by his side--forever. (Historical Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

The 12 Brides of Summer Collection by Diana Lesire Brandmeyer, Margaret Brownley, Amanda Cabot, Mary Connealy, Susan Page Davis, Miralee Ferrell, Pam Hillman, Maureen Lang, Amy Lillard, Vickie McDonough, Davalynn Spencer, and Michelle Ule -- Meet 12 adventurous Victorian era women--a beekeeper who is afraid of bees, a music teacher whose dog has dug up a treasure, a baker who enters a faux courtship, and six more--along with the men they encounter while making summertime memories. Will these loves sown during summer be strengthened by faith and able to endure a lifetime? (Historical Romance from Barbour Publishing)

The Ringmaster's Wife by Kristy Cambron -- Lady Rosamund Easling boards a ship to America as a last adventure before her arranged marriage. There, the twenties are roaring, and the rich and famous gather at opulent, Gatsby-esque parties. The Jazz Age has arrived, and with it, the golden era of the American circus, whose queen is none other than the enigmatic Mable Ringling. When Rosamund's path crosses with Mable's and the Ringlings' glittering world, she makes the life-altering decision to leave behind a comfortable future of estates and propriety, choosing instead the nomadic life of a trick rider in the Ringling Brothers' circus. (Historical Romance from HarperCollins Christian Publishing [Thomas Nelson and Zondervan])

Saving the Marquise's Granddaughter by Carrie Fancett Pagels -- After her Huguenot father is arrested, aristocrat Suzanne Richelieu escapes Versailles. Handsome German peasant, Johan Rousch, risks his life to bring her to the safety of his family's farm in the Palatinate duchy, but when Suzanne's brother and the French army arrive with a warning that they plan to burn the area, she and Johan are forced to flee. With no money or options, both become indentured servants in exchange for safe passage to Philadelphia. Suzanne falls gravely ill aboard ship and marries Johan, only to survive with no memory of the wedding--a reality made worse when Johan spots the "priest" who married them working as a surveyor and later in Quaker cleric garb. Are their wedding vows valid? When Suzanne's former fiancé arrives in port, planning to abduct her, Johan must save her again-but can he do so before Suzanne is lost to him forever? (Historical Romance from White Rose Publishing [Pelican])

Young Adult:

No Pizza Delivery? by Grace Marshall -- Ruth Deloach's world is sent spinning when she finds out she is going to be ripped from America's Dairyland to live in the embarrassingly small tourist town of Sainte Genevieve, Missouri. The blow is slightly lessened by the news that her father wants to start a horse ranch, but how enjoyable will it really be to live where there is no pizza delivery and a revolving door to the public? A public with a different idea of how things are done and said. To add embarrassment to her frustration she finds she knows less about horses than she presumed. Maybe the handsome ranch hand her father hires can brighten things up, then again, maybe not. (Young Adult, Independently Published)

Happy reading!



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