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 6, 2017

Susan Page Davis, New Releases, and Free Books!

 photo My Heart Belongs_zpspzj6c6ha.jpgA girl lives a lie orchestrated by her uncle, but when she matures, how long can she accept a life of fraud?

Before we meet today's featured author, I want to announce that the winner of the free signed copy of Confessions of a Crispy Mom, by Laura Polk, is:


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 revisit novelist Susan Page Davis, author of the historical romance novel, My Heart Belongs in the Superstition Mountains (Barbour, March 1, 2017).

Susan Page Davis is the author of more than seventy published novels. She’s a two-time winner of the Inspirational Readers’ Choice Award and the Will Rogers Medallion, and also a winner of the Carol Award and a finalist in the WILLA Literary Awards.

A Maine native, she now lives in Kentucky. She is the mother of six brilliant children and ten fabulous grandchildren.

Please tell us one random thing we might not know about you.

I have this cat called Arthur, only I call him Naughty Arthur. My daughter left him with us when she moved away. His is the most loving cat ever, but so mischievous! He jumps up on my desk and sticks his head in my water cup. And if I leave the door to the closet open, watch out! He gets into the big box of shipping envelopes and can’t get out. I’ve had to rescue him more than once.

(Arthur looking guilty.)

I remember when I was a teen, we had a cat who was fond of getting into my sister's closet and getting inside her purses. I'll leave it up to the readers' imaginations to figure out what kind of "insult" he liked to leave for her.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of My Heart Belongs in the Superstition Mountains.

 photo My Heart Belongs_zpspzj6c6ha.jpgA Chance for Escape Takes Two Unlikely Allies on a Romantic Adventure through the Desert.

Since she was orphaned at age twelve, Carmela Wade has lived a lie orchestrated by her uncle, pretending to be a survivor of an Indian kidnapping and profiting from telling her made-up story on the speaker circuit. But as she matures into adulthood, Carmela hates the lies and longs to be free. On a stagecoach in Arizona Territory, Carmela and her uncle are fellow passengers with US Marshal Freeland McKay and his handcuffed prisoner.

The stage is attacked. Suddenly a chance to make a new life may be within Carmela’s reach . . . if she can survive the harsh terrain and being handcuffed to an unconscious man.

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

She was placed in a bad situation as a child. Now she is getting to the age where she thinks she may be able to change things, but she’s not sure how to go about it.

Emily Dickinson said this about writing: “A wounded deer leaps the highest.” How do you interpret that, and do you agree? 

I think it means those who feel the most pain make the biggest impression on the world. I’m not sure I would agree, at least not in general. Of course, there are individual cases where that is true, but sometimes those with deep wounds don’t have the strength left to leap.

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

Right now I am reading Stealth Power, book 2 in Vikki Kestell’s Nanostealth series. I loved book 1, Stealthy Steps, so I got this one as soon as it was available. Okay, it’s Sci-Fi, not my usual genre, but I like to read a variety of things, and now and then I dive into Sci-Fi and enjoy the possibilities.

What are you working on now?

I am launching my new Maine Justice series: http://susanpagedavis.com/maine-justice-series/ , and on March 13, I’m doing a Maine-themed giveaway here: https://www.facebook.com/Maine-Justice-Series-Inspirational-Romantic-Suspense-939712056169807/app/228910107186452/

But for a historical, my next release will be June 1, when my novel The Kidnapped Groom will appear in the collection Seven Brides for Seven Mail-Order Husbands.

Where else can readers find you online?

Website: www.susanpagedavis.com
Twitter: @SusanPageDavis

The book can be purchased online via the following button:

220077: My Heart Belongs in the Superstition Mountains: Carmela"s Quandary

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

If you were going to be handcuffed to someone by accident for the next four hours, who do you hope is your bracelet-mate?

Thanks, Susan, for telling us about your novel. Readers, Susan has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, March 13. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Susan'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 Susan's question, take a look at the excellent inspirational fiction releasing this month!

Contemporary Romance:

reunion-at-crane-lake Reunion at Crane Lake by Robin Bayne -- Colt's memory is returning after the accident that ended his career. Now he wants to take over his family's inn, but he'll have to partner with his former fiancée to be able to afford it. He'll need forgiveness to make that happen. Tia's goal is clear: to return the inn to its former grandeur. And she'll even work with Colt to do so. But like the inn, their relationship needs a lot of work. He broke her heart...can she ever trust him again? (Contemporary Romance from White Rose Publishing [Pelican])

hope Hope by Fay Lamb -- She's a starving artist facing a serious illness; he's the doctor who's her only hope of survival. If only she hadn't caused his sister to die. (Contemporary Romance from Write Integrity Press)

muffins-&-moonbeams Muffins & Moonbeams by Elizabeth Maddrey -- Malachi Baxter is happy to hide in the background and manage the business-end of the family bakery. He'd much rather live in the online world of computer games where he can explore the galaxy and no one has to know he's deaf. Ursula Franks designs websites during the day and spends her evenings battling alien races online where relationships are easy and uncomplicated. When she agrees to design a website for the local Community Supported Bakery, she has no idea that Malachi is the real man behind her online persona's best friend and her own secret crush.As the two work together on the website, they uncover an attraction, but will they be able to put aside past hurt and insecurity to find love? (Contemporary Romance, Independently Published)

hope Then Came You: A Bradford Sisters Novella by Becky Wade -- Garner Bradford, heir to the troubled Bradford Shipping empire, doesn't know much about babies. But he's going to have to learn fast because he's just become a single father to his newborn daughter. Career girl Kathleen Burke is wholly uninterested in settling down. She has big dreams, and none of them include Garner and his small hometown in Washington State. Yet she can't seem to get her handsome boss out of her head or her heart.... (Romance Novella, Independently Published)


when-the-bough-breaks When the Bough Breaks by Ane Mulligan -- Her dream job has a Catch 22—and time's running outRookie lobbyist Sienna O'Shea is determined to make a name for herself in New York's capitol city and use that influence to gain easier access to her birth records. For years she's searched for her birth mother, but when she's handed her first assignment—to lobby support for the permanent sealing of all adoption records—her worlds collide. Swept up into the intrigue of backroom politics, falling in love was not on Sienna's agenda, but the candidate for Lt. Governor runs a formidable campaign to make her his first lady. When an investigative reporter discovers foreign money infiltrating political campaigns, the trail leads to Sienna's inner circle. (General, Independently Published)

the-memory-of-you The Memory of You by Catherine West -- Thirteen years ago, Natalie lost a part of herself when her twin sister died. Will traveling back to the family winery finally put the memory to rest, or will it completely destroy her? (General from HarperCollins Christian Publishing [Thomas Nelson and Zondervan])

Cozy Mystery:

murder-is-no-accident Murder Is No Accident by A. H. Gabhart -- When murder comes to call at a stately Victorian house, the town of Hidden Springs looks to Deputy Sheriff Michael Keane to solve the crime before anyone else dies. (Cozy Mystery from Revell [Baker])

Historical Romance:

a-rocky-mountain-romance A Rocky Mountain Romance by Misty M. Beller -- When Zeche takes shelter from a blizzard in a remote cabin, he doesn't expect to find a beautiful woman and her father, a disturbed Civil War veteran. Zeche's instincts tell him Greta is endangered and he should stay and protect her, but his own presence aggravates her father's condition. With a dangerous snowstorm outside and growing hostilities inside, can he find a way to keep them all safe from harm? Or will it be to the detriment of his heart? (Historical Romance, Independently Published)

a-stolen-heart A Stolen Heart by Amanda Cabot -- From afar, Cimarron Creek seems like an idyllic town tucked in the Texas Hill Country. But when former schoolteacher Lydia Crawford steps onto its dusty streets in 1880, she finds a town with a deep-seated resentment of Northerners--like her. Lydia won't let that get her down, though. All will be well when she's reunited with her fiancé. But when she discovers he has disappeared--and that he left behind a pregnant wife--Lydia is at a loss about what to do next. The handsome sheriff urges her to trust him, but can she trust anyone in this town where secrets are as prevalent as bluebonnets in spring? (Historical Romance from Revell [Baker])

desert-moon-and-honor-bound Desert Moon & Honor Bound by Susan Page Davis and Colleen L. Reece -- Enjoy an Old West romance adventure from author Susan Page Davis. Julia Newman looked forward to moving home to Arizona, then she got word that her mother has died and Julie's stagecoach is robbed. If that wasn't enough, the first person she sees in town is Adam Scott—the man she always loved but could never have—and now he is accusing her brother of criminal activity. Also includes a bonus historical romance, Honor Bound by Colleen L. Reece. (Historical Romance from Barbour Publishing)

her-motherhood-wish Her Motherhood Wish by Keli Gwyn -- En route to the Double T Orphanage to work on its expansion, carpenter Chip Evans and Caroline Hunt discover two orphaned children—and become their caregivers. But Chip's determined not to let himself get too attached to the children who just lost their widowed father…or to the lovely woman helping him care for them. Especially since Callie and the little ones just don't fit into his detailed plans for the future. Callie can't help but fall in love with the orphans, and despite her better judgment, she's falling for Chip, too. Her dreams of being a wife and mother were not quite like this. But Callie believes a plan bigger than Chip's brought them all together…and now she just has to help him see it, too. (Historical Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

the-planter's-daughter The Planter's Daughter by Michelle Shocklee -- When her father's Texas cotton plantation faces bankruptcy, Adella must choose between the man who can her family's land and the man who can save her! (Historical Romance from Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas)

when-tides-turn When Tides Turn by Sarah Sundin -- When Quintessa Beaumont learns the US Navy has established the WAVES program for women, she enlists, eager to throw off her frivolous ways and contribute to the war effort. Lt. Dan Avery employs his skills in antisubmarine warfare to fight U-boats at the peak of the Battle of the Atlantic, but the last thing he wants to see on his radar is fun-loving Tess. As Dan and Tess work together in Boston, the changes in Tess challenge his notions--and his heart. (Historical Romance from Revell [Baker])

Medical Suspense:

agent-in-training Dcotor's Dilemma by Richard L. Mabry M.D. -- Young surgeon Tyler Gentry thought the offer to join the Hall Group of surgeons offered the answer to his problems, but things changed when he received a 3 AM phone call that told him such a move would be hazardous to his health. (Medical Suspense, Independently Published)

Romantic Suspense:

her-baby's-protector Her Baby's Protector by Margaret Daley and Susan Sleeman -- Saved by the Lawman by Margaret Daley: As an unknown assailant attempts to kidnap family-court judge Kate Forster's infant son, police officer Chase Walker thwarts the attack—and vows to keep the pair safe. But who will protect the ex-marine's heart when the widowed mother and her little boy make him long for a permanent spot in their family? Saved by the SEAL by Susan Sleeman: The tragedy that killed Bree Hatfield's best friends--and left her with custody of their young daughter--has been ruled an accident. But Bree knows it was murder. Scared and alone, she turns to her ex-boyfriend, navy SEAL Clint Reed, who'll risk everything to protect baby Ella and the woman he never stopped loving. (Romantic Suspense from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

agent-in-training Agent-in-Training by Terri Reed -- FBI intern Zara Fielding and her K-9 partner, Radar, stumble across a robbery gone wrong and put themselves in the criminals' crosshairs. Her childhood friend FBI computer guru Dylan O'Leary works for the secretive FBI unit she longs to join, and he vows not to let anything happen to her. As they work to stay one step ahead of the bad guys, new feelings ignite. When she goes missing, it's only Dylan--and Radar--who can track her down. Will they arrive in time to save her and the future she and Dylan have started dreaming about? (Romantic Suspense from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Speculative Romance/Fantasy:

ingrid's-engagement Ingrid's Engagement by Kristen Reed -- When King Viggo marches through the kingdom of Schlagefilde in a relentless quest for retribution against its wicked king, the Count of Anselm attempts to make peace with him. As the two strike a deal that will protect the people of Anselm, the King of Villriket becomes enthralled with a portrait of the Count's oldest daughter, Ingrid. The vengeful king vows that he will leave Edmund's county in peace if he will allow him to marry Ingrid. To prevent her father from incurring the sovereign's wrath, the young lady hastily agrees and enters into an unforeseen engagement with the grim ruler. Ingrid's Engagement tells the enchanting tale of a beautiful young woman who softens the hardened heart of a beastly king with nothing more than her quiet wisdom and gentle spirit. (Speculative Romance/Fantasy, Independently Published)

Happy reading!


Sally Shupe said...

Love this interview! It's so much fun getting to know authors. Susan is one of my favorites. If I had to be handcuffed I'd like it to be my ancestor who came from Germany when he was 14 with his parents. He is my great great grandfather and I haven't been able to find his father's death certificate. I'd like to know what he was thinking as they made the journey. I've traced me ancestry back to the 1600s on that line. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of your book! sallyshupe1 at gmail dot com

Gail H. said...

I think I'd like to be handcuffed to Susan Lucci. I'd like to visit with her and find out her dieting secrets.

Melanie Backus said...

Great interview! I would be handcuffed to my hubby. He is so resourceful, thinks on his feet, is entertaining and a great guy. mauback55 at gmail dot com

Sharon M said...

I'd want to be handcuffed to my husband, John, who is in Heaven for 2 years now. If I could just see him one more time! I know he is safe in the arms of Jesus and I'm helping others in grief now, with my own experiences. wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com

Robbye said...


What a fun interview.

If I were to be handcuffed to someone, I would want it to be my baby brother. He passed away, suddenly and unexpectedly, almost two years ago. I miss him terribly.

If it needs to be someone living it would be my hubs. We never seem to have enough time to just sit and talk!

Thanks for the opportunity to win. Good luck to everyone!


robbyefaye (at) gmail (dot) com

Britney Adams said...

I really enjoyed Susan's interview and would love to read My Heart Belongs in the Superstition Mountains! If I were to choose a bracelet-mate, I would certainly choose my husband.

texaggs2000 at gmail dot com

Edward Arrington said...

Loved the interview. The book sounds interesting. I enjoy historical westerns. My first thought about that question was that Susan is trying to get someone in trouble. I was glad to see most of the respondents said their husband. One or two others caught my attention and made me think further. I would love to have that time with my dad. He passed away much too early - only 55 1/2 years old. He served our country in Europe in World War II and never wanted to talk about it. We know almost nothing about his military service. I got a copy of his military records but they are so incomplete because of a fire that occurred in the 70s in the St. Louis facility that houses military records. Given the opportunity now, I would ask a lot of questions.

Cathy said...

An interesting and scenic setting for the story.....I would want to be handcuffed to my maternal Grandmother, who passed away when I was 10. She was a former teacher and was involved and interested in a vast array of pursuits. dixiedobie at yahoo dot com

Susan Johnson said...

This book sounds really interesting. If I were to be handcuffed to someone, I would choose my husband.
susanmsj at msn dot com

Deanna Stevens said...

Ummm... President Trump! now wouldn't that make for an interesting time??
dkstevensne AToutlook DOT(Com)

Susan Page Davis said...

Wow, such a great variety of answers! Deanna, that would give you a captive audience with the president, and he couldn't fire you! But you might get tired of traipsing around with him after a while. Edward, I'm with you--I'd love some time with my dad, even handcuffed in the desert. We used to watch the Red Sox together, and I'm so glad he got to see them finally win the World Series before he died. But really, yeah, I would probably pick my husband too. He's good in the outdoors, and I don't know as I'd really want to be that close to anyone else! But I also want to say, Sally--my dh has German ancestors too, and there are many interesting tales in their past. Most of mine are English through and through, coming to New England early and mostly staying there!

Christian Teacher Public School said...

Mom, great interview. Carmela's Quandary is one of my top three of your books of all time. Just finished reading it the other day, and I loved the story from page one. I highly recommend it to readers! Don't enter me in the contest, since I already have my copy. I loved reading all the comments by believers who look forward with faith to seeing their departed loved ones again in Heaven. Thanks for sharing! Amy

Susan Page Davis said...

Aw, that's my daughter Amy, everyone. She's the author of Landlocked (poetry) and a public school teacher. Thanks for stopping by, sweetie! I know you're very busy. Love you!

Library Lady said...

I love chocolate as much as I love to read so I wouldn't mind being handcuffed to my niece who owns a "Sweet Shop". The chocolates she makes are amazing!
Janet E.

Susan Page Davis said...

Sounds like fun, Janet! Save me a truffle.

Judy Schexnayder said...

I would love to win any of Susan's books, love her writing. I would choose to be handcuffed to my youngest son who is now in Heaven, what a delight it would be to talk with him. dixiegran@gmail.com

Susan Page Davis said...

Judy, thank you! What a wonderful choice for your partner.

Caryl Kane said...

Fantastic interview! I enjoy Susan's stories.

I would choose to be handcuffed with my Pastor's wife. She is so busy with ministry, I would enjoy the time with her.

psalm103and138 at gmail dot com

Susan Page Davis said...

Sounds like a good choice, Caryl. I would definitely pick someone I don't get enough time with.

Trish Perry said...

I'm with you on that, Caryl and Susan. Either my daughter or my sister, neither of whom I spend enough time with. We'd manage to make ourselves laugh, even in those circumstances.

Donamae Kutska said...

My sister!



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