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What book should you read next? What words should you write next? Whether you're a reader, a writer, or both, you need look no further for ideas and pointers to help you make up your mind. You might even get your next book for free--and signed by the author!

Sometimes I even give away my own novels. My Inspirational romances and devotionals are pictured below and are detailed on my Books page. You can always count on a trace of humor in my novels and nonfiction. Whether you're a teen or a woman mature in years, I think these stories will ring true.

Read on, and discover some of today's most appealing Christian novelists, their latest books, and their words of wisdom and imagination. Enjoy!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Julie Arduini and Free Books!

 photo Entangled2_edited_zps1s5kb0x7.jpgA single mom creates a lot of entanglements when she struggles to accept a gift that changes her career path.

Before we meet today's featured author, I want to announce that the winner of the free signed copy of The Silent Songbird, by Melanie Dickerson, is:

momrain@...

Congratulations! I'll email you to get 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 meet novelist Julie Arduini, author of the contemporary romance, Entangled (Surrendered Scribe Media, 2016).

 photo January2016_zpsjzdsn3eg.jpgJulie Arduini loves to encourage readers to surrender the good, the bad, and---maybe one day---the chocolate. She’s the author of the re-release, Entrusted: Surrendering the Present, as well as the sequel, Entangled: Surrendering the Past.

She also shared her story in the infertility devotional, A Walk in the Valley. She blogs every other Wednesday for Christians Read.

She resides in Ohio with her husband and two children.

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

---I was born on Good Friday with tornado warnings.

---I used to live 7 miles from the Watkins Glen NASCAR racetrack.

---I was sent to the principal in the 6th grade for reading ahead of the teacher.

I love that last one--good for you, hungry little 6th grader. And shame on that buzz-killing teacher!

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

Carla Rowling has been given the means to leave her job as mountain sheriff and pursue her dream, to become a stylist. The gift is so generous that she struggles because she feels unworthy. Carla can’t forgive herself for getting pregnant in high school.

Her issues cause her to make choices that affect everyone---her teen son, her high school sweetheart who is back in town, and her boyfriend, Will.

Can she surrender the past and live tangle free, or will she burn her options worse than a bad perm?

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

I believe they will have compassion for her unwillingness to forgive herself for the way she became a mom, as a teenager, but applaud her for how invested she is in caring for her son. I’ve heard from single moms who explained that they could relate to Carla---her fears, regrets, and choices.

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

 photo reese-witherspoon-draper-james_2015_05.0.0_zpsni4bht5r.jpgI think Reese Witherspoon would play Carla





 photo db132f36fc91616c205dc61417756947_zpsknrryuog.jpgand Daniel Lissing (When Calls the Heart on Hallmark) would play Will.





Who would you say is one of your favorite mainstream author?

Mainstream to me are the authors that I admire in Christian fiction. Kristin Billerbeck is a favorite. She showed me through her Ashley Stockingdale series that sassy heroines can carry a story, and that gave me the confidence to write Entrusted, book one featuring Carla’s best friend, Jenna.

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

Wild Montana Skies by Susan May Warren. Her writing always sucks me in and puts me right in the scene. The chemistry between the characters was palpable and the conflict kept me turning the pages.

What are you working on now?

Book 3 in the Surrendering Time series, Engaged: Surrendering the Future. Trish Maxwell is back in Speculator Falls after a failed career in New York City. She has egg on her face, a lot of angry people she has to answer to, and a hunger to know what’s next in her life, especially after she meets paramedic Wayne Peterson.

Where else can readers find you online?

I’d love for them to find me at juliearduini.com and enjoy the free resources I have available on my left sidebar. I also am available for a follow on Amazon and Goodreads, and throughout social media, including Snapchat, @JulieArduini. I love to connect, so please find me and say hello.

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

I’m wrapping up a series and am ready to plot another. What surrender issues would you like to read about? So far I’ve worked with surrendering fear, loss and change (Entrusted), regret (Entangled), and goals and dreams versus God’s plan (Engaged).

Thanks, Julie, for telling us about your novel. Readers, Julie has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, December 5. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Julie'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, November 14, 2016

Melanie Dickerson, New Releases, and Free Books!

 photo SilentSongbirdFinal 002_zpsoohgmpxb.jpgEvangeline is gifted with a heavenly voice, but she is trapped in a sinister betrothal—until she embarks on a daring escape and meets brave and handsome Westley le Wyse.

Before we meet today's featured author, I want to announce that the winner of the free e-copy of Breach of Trust, by Jodie Bailey, is:

lattebooks@...

Congratulations! 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 meet novelist Melanie Dickerson, author of the Medieval Fairy Tale Retelling romance novel, The Silent Songbird (Thomas Nelson, November 2016).

 photo 563114_637868829563806_1338201832_n_zpsqdrozfm4.jpgMelanie Dickerson is the author of Medieval Fairy Tale Retellings and a Regency Romance series. Her first book, The Healer’s Apprentice, was a Christy Award finalist and winner of the National Reader’s Choice Award for Best First Book.

Melanie earned a bachelor’s degree in special education from the University of Alabama and has been a teacher in Tennessee and Georgia and a missionary in Germany and Ukraine. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Huntsville, Alabama.

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

-- Cherries are my favorite fruit.

-- I grew up 50 miles from Harper Lee’s hometown of Monroeville, Alabama.

-- My father, who was born during the Depression, was named after famous author Zane Grey.

I've always loved that you write many of your novels as retellings of fairy tales. There's something that feels especially intimate about reading a story that reflects an old favorite in a different format. 

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

 photo SilentSongbirdFinal 002_zpsoohgmpxb.jpgIn this loose retelling of The Little Mermaid, Evangeline is desperate to flee a political marriage to her cousin King Richard II’s closest advisor, Lord Shiveley—a man twice her age with shadowy motives. She runs away and joins a small band of servants journeying back to Glynval, their home village.

Pretending to be mute, she gets to know Westley le Wyse, their handsome young leader, who is intrigued by the beautiful servant girl. But when the truth comes out, it may shatter any hope that love could grow between them.

More than Evangeline’s future is at stake as she finds herself entangled in a web of intrigue that threatens England’s monarchy. Should she give herself up to protect the only person who cares about her? If she does, who will save the king from a plot to steal his throne?

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

Evangeline is kind and fiercely loyal to her friends and those who have helped her. She is determined to learn how to defend herself in case she should be faced with future dangers.

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

 photo images_zps5rajs6bk.jpegEvangeline might be played by Emma Stone





 photo Unknown_zpsw2gog9kj.jpegor Rachel Hurd-Wood.





 photo Unknown-1_zpsreqmyvys.jpegThe hero, Westley le Wyse, might be played by a young Hugh Jackman. (Literally all of my heroes could and should be played by a young Hugh Jackman.)

I'm with you!

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

I have not read a lot of novels in the last few years, but I did re-read one of my favorites not too long ago, A Vision of Light by Judith Merkle Riley.

Margaret of Ashbury wants to write her life story. However, like most women in fourteenth-century England, she is illiterate. Three clerics contemptuously decline to be Margaret’s scribe, and only the threat of starvation persuades Brother Gregory, a Carthusian friar with a mysterious past, to take on the task. As she narrates her life, we discover a woman of startling resourcefulness. Married off at the age of fourteen to a merchant reputed to be the Devil himself, Margaret was left for dead during the Black Plague. 

Incredibly, she survived, was apprenticed to an herbalist, and became a midwife. But most astonishing of all, Margaret has experienced a Mystic Union—a Vision of Light that endows her with the miraculous gift of healing. Because of this ability, Margaret has become suddenly different—to her tradition-bound parents, to the bishop’s court that tries her for heresy, and ultimately to the man who falls in love with her.

What are you working on now?

I am editing The Noble Servant and plotting my third Regency romance, still untitled.

Where else can readers find you online?

Facebook and Twitter  And don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter on my website www.MelanieDickerson.com

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026318: The Silent Songbird #7


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

What’s your favorite kind of story to read? What makes a book one of your favorites?

Thanks, Melanie, for telling us about your novel. Readers, Melanie has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, November 21. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Melanie'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 this post to answer Melanie's question, check out the excellent new releases for November!

Biblical:

Slender Reeds: Jochebed's Hope by Texie Susan Gregory -- In a deadly race to save her son, a young slave woman dares defy the most powerful man in the world. (Biblical from Barbour Publishing)

Contemporary Romance:

Crazy Woman Christmas by Renee Blare -- A quiet cowboy whisks Bianca to his ranch to ride out the Christmas blizzard where she discovers life is cold but also beautiful in the “Cowboy” state. (Contemporary Romance from Inspired [Prism Book Group])

Other Than a Halo by Valerie Comer -- Even though she’s a new woman in Christ, single mom Bren Haddock was no angel as a teen. Now managing the Hiller Farm for a CSA, life is good until a friend offers to enter her daughter into the Little Miss Snowflake Pageant. Old insecurities flare when she meets the intriguing head of marketing the pageant. Rob Santoro isn’t so sure about handling the pageant portfolio until he meets Bren. Soon he’s fallen for her and her two kids. When a Thanksgiving adventure goes awry, he’s left wondering how to love a woman who refuses to be loved. What will it take for Bren to retire her tarnished halo and move into the future God has for her? (Contemporary Romance, Independently Published)

Do You Know What I Know? by Becky Melby -- What if a phone call from the obstetrician’s office went to the wrong person? Elizabeth Schmidt can’t figure out why her husband doesn’t seem excited about the news she’s sure he heard. Is he unhappy? Or is James cheating on her? Pastor Jay Davidson is in shock. Bethany Schmidt, the woman he’s in love with, is pregnant. Should he walk away, or is God asking him to play the part of Joseph in real life and not just in the church Christmas program? Bethany can’t figure out why Jay is acting so weird. Has he figured out one of the two secrets she’s keeping until after Christmas? Can a ponytailed itinerant carpenter with a pet chicken help unravel the confusion? (Contemporary Romance, Independently Published)

How to Charm a Beekeeper's Heart by Candice Sue Patterson -- Weddings are the last thing beekeeper Huck Anderson wants to be associated with, considering his past. So when he inherits a building occupied by a bridal boutique, he aims to evict the failing business and open a sporting goods store. That is until his tenant ends up being Arianne Winters, a woman he’s indebted to from a mistake made years ago. When a life-threatening injury derails Huck entirely, Arianne offers to aid in his lengthy recovery if he’ll allow her to remain in his building. But nursing her adversary proves challenging when her adolescent crush resurfaces. (Contemporary Romance from White Rose Publishing [Pelican])

A Portrait of Emily Price by Katherine Reay -- After a whirlwind romance and marriage, Emily Price returns home to Italy with her new husband and learns that life at its richest is only found when she accepts its chaotic beauty. (Contemporary Romance from HarperCollins Christian Publishing [Thomas Nelson and Zondervan])

Contemporary Women's Fiction:

Forgiveness by Marianne Evans -- Country music bad boy, Chase Bradington is on the comeback trail. Fresh from rehab for alcohol addiction and transformed by the power of Christ, Chase is battling to rediscover the music he loves and a career he nearly ruined. Then he meets up-and-comer, Pyper Brock and instantly sparks ignite. Despite her rampant attraction to the handsome and talented icon, Pyper knows of Chase’s reputation and soundly dismisses his romantic overtures. No way will Pyper repeat the mistake of trusting a man whose done battle with the bottle. Can a sin-damaged past be released in favor of forgiveness? (Women’s Fiction from Harbourlight Books [Pelican])

Historical:

Beneath a Golden Veil by Melanie Dobson -- As elegant as the Sacramento residence she operates, Isabelle Labrie keeps her past concealed, like the treasure she hides under the Golden Hotel. Then, unexpected guests—fugitive slaves seeking safe passage to the North—force her to confront her past and reconsider her path. (Historical from Waterfall Press)

Forest Child by Heather Day Gilbert -- Historically based on the Icelandic Sagas, Forest Child brings the memorable, conflicted persona of Freydis Eiriksdottir to life. (Historical from Elk Lake Publishing Inc.)

The Lost Generation by Erica Marie Hogan -- On August 5th 1914, the world changed forever. For John and Beth Young, it meant the happiness they finally achieved was snatched out from under them. For Emma Cote, it meant that her husband Jared would do his duty, despite her feelings. For Christy Simmons it meant an uncertain future with the boy she loved. The lives of six people, spread across the British Empire to America were changed forever. (Historical from Elk Lake Publishing Inc.)

Historical Romance:

The Blue Ribbon Brides Collection by Jennifer AlLee, Angela Breidenbach, Darlene Franklin, Cynthia Hickey, Carrie Fancett Pagels, Amber Stockton, Niki Turner, Gina Welborn, and Becca Whitham -- Meet nine men and women whose competitive goals take them to state and county fairs between 1889 and 1930. From baking pie to polishing pigs, from sculpting butter to stitching quilts, everyone has something to prove to themselves and their communities. But in going for the blue ribbon, will nine women miss the greatest prize of all—the devoted heart of a godly man? (Historical Romance from Barbour Publishing)

Left at the Altar by Margaret Brownley -- In the wild and untamed West, time is set by the local jeweler...but Two-Time Texas has two: two feuding jewelers and two wildly conflicting time zones. Meg Lockwood's marriage was supposed to unite the families and finally bring peace until she's left at the altar by her no-good fiancé. Hired to defend the groom against a breach of promise lawsuit, Grant Garrison quickly realizes that the only thing worse than small-town trouble is falling for the jilted bride. But there's something about Meg's sweet smile and determined grit that draws him in...even as the whole crazy town seems set on keeping them apart. (Historical Romance from Sourcebooks)

Mail Order Mommy by Christine Johnson -- Nursing a broken heart, Amanda Porter had answered a frontier mail-order bride ad placed by Garrett Decker's children—only to find the groom-to-be didn't want a wife. But his adorable children are determined she'll be their mother by Christmas… His wife's betrayal and tragic death demolished Garrett's life. Now he can't even look at another woman, let alone marry Amanda, who resembles his first love. But with his daughter convinced Amanda is the perfect mother, will Garrett realize she's also his perfect match? (Historical Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Hope's Design by Dawn Kinzer -- An independent city girl aspiring to be a fashion designer falls for a stubborn artist from the country who wants to keep his talent a secret. (Historical Romance, Independently Published)

Brides of Wyoming by S. Dionne Moore -- Roam the Wyoming range alongside three couples who meet under danger from bands of outlaws. Renee escapes a gang of outlaws and lands in the arms of a sheepherder. Olivia’s sleuthing upturns secrets key to solving the murder of a reluctant rancher’s father. Maira is trying to keep her ranch running alone when a drifting cowboy offers a hand. Can love develop where suspicion and greed roam the range? (Historical Romance from Barbour Publishing)

The Negotiated Marriage by Christina Rich -- When the railroad pushes to buy her land, orphaned Cameron Sims will do anything to keep the only home she and her sisters have ever known. Even if she must marry a stranger. Duncan Murray doesn’t want a wife. He wants Sims Creek, a sanctuary that can help him forget a troubled childhood. But his reluctant, and captivating, bride-to-be is key to making his dreams a reality. And despite their business arrangement, Camy and Duncan might be signing on the dotted line for true love… (Historical Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Love in the Seams by Jodie Wolfe -- A little girl on a quest for a new mama has the local seamstress in her sights. (Historical Romance, Independently Published)

Romantic Suspense:

His Perfect Love by Sharon K. Connell -- On the run from a hit man, Patricia Campbell is unaware of the FBI’s search for her to learn what information she might hold, so she continues to hide out. Then she meets a persistent computer technician, a charming philanthropist, and a handsome, wealthy businessman who wants to marry her. But her fears resurface, and she wonders if she can trust any of them. Can she survive long enough to find peace…and perfect love? (Romantic Suspense, Independently Published)

Counter Point by Marji Laine -- Her dad's gone, her diner's closing, and her car's in the lake. Cat McPherson has nothing left to lose ... except her life. And a madman, bent on revenge, is determined to take that, as well. Her former boyfriend, Ray Alexander, returns as a hero from his foreign mission, bringing back souvenirs in the form of death-threats. When several attempts are made on Cat’s life, she must find a way to trust Ray, the man who broke her heart. (Romantic Suspense from Write Integrity Press)

Speculative:

The Flaming Sword by Heather L.L. FitzGerald -- When evil joins forces in the Tethered World, Sadie Larcen must risk all to protect the Flaming Sword and her family...even if it takes her life. (Speculative Young Adult from Mountain Brook Ink)

Happy reading!
 

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