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

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

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

Monday, December 12, 2016

Stephanie Prichard and Free Books!

 photo Forgotten Front FAC72_zpsug9scbhf.jpgA federal prosecutor's permanent memory loss threatens to land her forgotten fiancé in prison for murder.

Before we meet today's featured author, I want to announce that the winner of the free signed copy of A Silver Medallion, by James Callan, is:

grandaddya@...

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 Stephanie Prichard, author of the suspense novel, Forgotten (November 2016).

 photo Stephs Rools of Grammar-1 small_zpslyzfwzzk.jpg Stephanie co-authors with her husband, Don, a Viet Nam veteran who served in the Marine Corps Reserves for thirty-two years before retiring as a colonel. He is also a career architect, whose specialty in government work includes the design of prisons, courthouses, and military facilities.

Stephanie is an army brat who lived in many countries around the world and loved it. She learned to speak four foreign languages—but forgot all of them, alas, with lack of use. She met her husband at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, where she majored in English/Literature.

She and Don live in Indianapolis, IN, and in retirement enjoy writing novels together.

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

--My first home was a Quonset hut in Okinowa.

--I am the fourth of five children, and am the smartest, prettiest, wittiest, and biggest liar of them all.

--As a child, I wanted to grow up and marry a farmer and have 12 children and a horse and TV set for each. Fortunately, I never grew up.

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

 photo Forgotten Front FAC72_zpsug9scbhf.jpgFederal prosecutor Eve Eriksson disappears under mysterious circumstances in Guam, and shows up a year later in a coma. What happened, and where has she been? She can’t remember, and her life is in jeopardy.

Four people are hunting her down. Three claim to have been stranded on an island with her. The fourth is her old nemesis, Chicago drug lord Danny Romero, who still wants her dead.

Jake Chalmers is shocked to discover his fiancé is a federal prosecutor. Why did she hide this from him on the island, and who is going to such great lengths to prevent their reunion? If she doesn’t regain her memory, he’ll be thrown into prison for murder.

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

Jake, a Marine Corps reservist, is tough on the outside and warm as chocolate brownies from the oven on the inside. His love for young Crystal, an orphan, and for her elderly great-aunt Betty brings out his tenderness, while a trail of broken shoulders and wrists testifies to the fate of those who dare to challenge his defense of the weak and needy. His first devotion is to God, but the temptation to take vengeance into his own hands is proving way too sweet to leave to God.

Author Robin Jones Gunn has said that all inspirational authors eventually get a sense of an overall theme God has given them for their stories. What do you think your theme is?

Don and I love themes! Our primary goal for our novels is to (very subtly) feature a character quality of God and—flip the coin to the other side—man’s struggle with it. In our first novel, Stranded, the character quality is God’s sovereignty and man’s dismay that “bad things happen to good people.” In Forgotten, the featured character quality is God’s justice and man’s struggle to forgive his enemy and show compassion. We find this incorporation of a major theme helps give universality to our stories.

Yes, and it's wonderful to have that subtle influence in your thinking as you write.

What are you working on now?

We’re taking a break for the Christmas holidays to see if our children remember who we are, and will then start on the third novel in the series in 2017.

Where else can readers find you online?

Website: donandstephanieprichard.com
Author Facebook page
Pinterest


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

What would be the hardest part of permanently losing your memory?

Thanks, Stephanie, for telling us about your novel. Readers, Stephanie has offered to give a free e-copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, January 9. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Stephanie'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, December 5, 2016

James Callan, December Releases, and Free Books!

 photo Cover - A Silver Medallion_zpsb6pywlgt.jpgWhen Crystal Moore discovers slaves in modern-day Dallas, she would like to forget about it, but her conscience will not let her.

Before we meet today's featured author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Entangled, by Julie Arduini, is:

mauback55@...

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 meet novelist James Callan, author of the suspense novel, A Silver Medallion (Pennant Publishing, June, 2016).

James R. Callan is a writer of mysteries and suspense novels who comes from a varied background.

He has taught at the high school and college level. He has worked in a research center in the field of mathematics. He served as the vice-president of technology for a database company. He has received grants from the National Science Foundation and NASA. He has been listed in Who's Who in Computer Science and Two Thousand Notable Americans. He has had eleven books published.

In addition to writing, Callan loves to travel. He and his wife have visited all fifty of the United States and six of the seven continents. They divide their time between homes in Texas and Mexico. They have four children and six grandchildren.

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

-- It is a rare day that I do not have a bowl of ice cream.

-- I own six working chainsaws.

-- I managed a Mexican Restaurant for a year.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of A Silver Medallion.

In 2015, young, unadventurous and naive Crystal Moore encounters a slave in Dallas, Texas -- a slave held not by chains, but by threats her two girls held hostage in the jungles of Mexico will be killed if she escapes or even admits her situation.

First, Crystal tries to forget it. Then, she tries to find some way to help the woman without getting involved. It becomes clear. The children must be freed first, or the mother will never dare escape. And there is no agency or group to rescue the young girls. Crystal's conscience demands she take on the task.

Crystal will need the help of mysterious Juan Grande. If she succeeds, mother and children will be free -- and Crystal will have two powerful and ruthless men, one in Texas and one in Mexico, who will want her dead.

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

Though terrified at the prospect, Crystal sets out on a journey to rescue two young girls she has never met and who are held hostage in the jungles of Mexico by a ruthless drug lord. She lost her parents when she was seven and she knows how these children are suffering. And she sees the mother, working as a virtual slave rather than puting their lives at risk. Crystal is not an adventure seeker. She has met the mother only once. But she is willing to take incredible risks to help ease the pain and suffering of this mother and her children.

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

 photo 255949_zpsbrpq4es5.jpgFor Crystal, Lily Collins.





 photo f96e18dac38b66ad181d5bbbb8714c51_large_zpsjh8rdsu5.jpegFor Brandi, Emma Stone.





 photo Guillermo-Navarro_zpsybh6lixt.jpgFor Juan Grande, Guillermo Navarro.





 photo d0538610cdad9e667de67dc3d351890c_zpslpp5werq.jpgFor Mark, Chris Evans.





Author Robin Jones Gunn has said that all inspirational authors eventually get a sense of an overall theme God has given them for their stories. What do you think your theme is?

You must help others who cannot help themselves.

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

The Third Secret, by Steve Berry. Once again, Mr. Berry delivers a tense, gripping, page-turner, written in smooth prose.

What are you working on now?

I'm working on the third book in the father Frank Mysteries, following Cleansed by Fire and Over My Dead Body.

Where else can readers find you online?

My website is www.jamesrcallan.com and my Amazon author page.


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

If you like mysteries or suspense books, what do you want to see in a book from these genres?

Thanks, James, for telling us about your novel. Readers, James has offered to give a signed copy of his book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, December 12. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to James'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 down to the comments section at the end of this post, take a look at some of the terrific new fiction releasing in December!

Contemporary Romance:

Bella Natale! by Marianne Evans -- An aspiring American artist and the widowed, Italian owner of a premier art gallery meet and fall in love in Florence when he champions her work, but there are her American family's expectations and his five-year-old son to consider. (Contemporary Romance from White Rose Publishing [Pelican])

With this Kiss by Marianne Evans -- A kiss stolen in a midnight snow. A jealous colleague at Jonathan's firm is bent on revenge...revenge that puts Isabella's store into legal peril. Will love be enough to see them through? (Contemporary Romance from White Rose Publishing [Pelican])

Mistletoe Daddy by Deb Kastner -- Bubbly Vivian Grainger bids on gruff Nick McKenna at Serendipity Texas's annual Bachelors and Baskets for one reason--to help her build her hair salon; but once Nick finds out she's pregnant, he does his best to build a path to Vivian's heart. (Contemporary Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

A Hero for Heather by Marion Ueckermann -- When a "homeless" man she's been helping rescues social worker Heather Blume from a vicious attack, she's so grateful she violates one of the most important rules in her profession--she takes him home to tend his wounds. But the mysterious Paxton Rathbone is no homeless man…he's a gentleman. When feelings grow, and Paxton's past beckons, both he and Heather discover there's a fine line between gratitude and love. (Contemporary Romance, Independently Published)

A Husband for Holly by Marion Ueckermann -- Holly Blume loves decorating people's homes, but that doesn't mean she's ready to play house. Believing a house is not a home without a woman's touch, Reverend Christopher Stewart is in the market for a wife. What woman would consider him marriage material, though, with an aging widowed father to look after, especially one who suffers from Alzheimer's? Despite their differences, Holly resolves to finish her job of redesigning the Stewart home, while Christopher determines to re-form Holly's heart. (Contemporary Romance, Independently Published)

Rocky Mountain Cowboy by Tina Radcliffe -- Twelve years after she married another man, Rebecca Anshaw Simpson is back at Joe Gallagher's ranch as his physical therapist. But healing his body is nothing compared to guarding his heart from the woman he never forgot. Becca won't let regret and a surly rancher get in the way of her job and the chance to start over with her little girl. But Becca never expected she'd fall all over again for her first love. (Contemporary Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Cozy Mystery:

Christmas Cookie Mystery by Naomi Miller -- With Christmas right around the corner, Katie Chupp and The Sweet Shop get involved in a mystery when a certain dear family finds an unexpected package at their door. (Cozy Mystery from S&G Publishing)

Historical:

Michel: The Fourth Wise Man by Katheryn Maddox Haddad -- This descendant of Daniel, also a wise man, sacrifices everything - his wife, his father, his home - to do what he is convinced God needs him to do, then finds out he was wrong. (Historical from Northern Lights Publishing House)

Five Nights with Pharaoh by Kristen Reed -- Shortly after entering Egypt with her husband, Sarai is taken into Pharaoh’s harem as his newest, most favored concubine. The breathtaking, ageless beauty is forced to cling to her faith in God as she prays for the strength to accept her new position and endures a series of mysterious plagues that can only be indicative of a wrathful deity’s divine judgment. Discover a remarkable reimagining of Sarai’s plight in Egypt, where she humbly set aside her own honor to protect the man through whom all the nations of the earth would be blessed. (Historical - Independently Published)

Historical Romance:

Seven Brides for Seven Texans Romance Collection by Amanda Barratt, Susan Page Davis, Keli Gwyn, Vickie McDonough, Gabrielle Meyer, Lorna Leslie Seilstad, Erica Vetsch -- Meet the seven Hart brothers of the 7-Heart ranch in central Texas. Each man is content in his independent life, without the responsibilities of a wife and children--until their father decides 1874 will be the year his grown sons finally marry, or they will be cut from his will. How will each man who values his freedom respond to the ultimatum? Can love develop on a timeline, or will it be sacrificed for the sake of an inheritance? (Historical Romance from Barbour Publishing)

A Pony Express Romance by Misty M. Beller -- Pony Express rider Josiah English and the station master's sister, Mara Reid, fall in love, but when the Express shuts down and Mara's family home is in peril, the danger looming over Mara's life may not be half as destructive as that threatening her heart. (Historical Romance, Independently Published)

Military Suspense:

Conspiracy of Silence by Ronie Kendig -- A former Green Beret is confronted by past mistakes as he and his team battle a centuries-old plague and the terrorists bent on rewriting history. (Military Suspense from Bethany House [Baker])

Romantic Suspense:

Hazardous Holiday by Liz Johnson -- Just in time for the holidays, navy SEAL Zach McCloud returns home from deployment--and discovers someone wants his family dead. When he married his cousin's struggling widow, he vowed to help her and her seriously ill son, and now he'll risk everything to protect them. Even if their arrangement is only temporary. Kristi's certain an unhappy client from the law firm where she works is determined to hunt her down. But when a sniper bullet wildly misses its target, they begin to question whether it's really her someone wants dead. Working together, can they figure out why they've been attacked…and keep little Cody from the nefarious forces dead set on making this Christmas their last? (Romantic Suspense from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Christmas Conspiracy by Susan Sleeman -- When Commander Jake Marsh loses control of a hostage situation and Tessa Long is injured, guilt eats at him. He blurs the line between the professional and personal, and visits Tessa at the hospital. But when a man tries to kill her in her hospital room, Jake disregards all of the rules and regulations that have allowed him to control his world and vows to keep her safe no matter what. Trouble is, the situation brings back memories from his childhood of the loss of his entire family, and for the first time in twenty years, he fears he's no longer in charge of his life, and knows when he's out of control bad things happen. Very bad things. (Romantic Suspense from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Happy reading!
 

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