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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, April 3, 2017

Ginny Yttrup, April Releases, and Free Books!

 photo 9781634099554_zpswoojosb8.jpegWhen a novelist loses her way at midlife, can her characters lead her home?

Before we meet today's featured author, I want to announce that the winner of the free e-copy of False Fire, by Veronica Heley, 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 visit novelist Ginny Yttrup, author of the Women's Fiction novel, Home (Barbour, April 2017).

Ginny L. Yttrup is an award-winning novelist who writes about the issues everyday women face, offering hope and sometimes a little humor along the way. She’s also a writing coach, mother, mother-in-law, friend, and companion to Bear, the Entitled Pomeranian.

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

I once jumped out of an airplane and had my parachute fail. Yep. I should probably write about that, right?

Good grief, yes!

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

Novelist Melanie Vander runs away. From conflict. From pain. From reality. When Melanie finds herself faced with a looming deadline, she decides it’s time for an escape to a novel worthy locale. Maybe a bit of distance will inspire her husband to appreciate her again too, she reasons.

Craig Vander is facing his own problems, including a recession that’s all but shut down his business, the possibility of losing their home, and a wife who’s checked out emotionally. Craig feels as though he’s carrying his burdens alone.

As Melanie runs away from her problems by escaping into a “relationship” with one of her characters, Craig dives into his struggles, seeking God for strength and healing for his marriage.

Will Melanie allow her characters to lead her home?

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

Melanie is flawed, though delightfully so. At least, that’s what she tells herself. She struggles with wrinkles, a few extra pounds, and she tends to avoid emotional pain at almost any cost. Until the cost is just too high. She’s real—at least as real as any fiction character. And as a novelist, she’ll be the first to tell you just how real those characters can become.

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

The answer to this question would reveal a key plot point, so…

Hmm, intriguing!

In your main character’s voice, give us a statement about the subject of romance.

How about a bit of from the book?

Laughter bubbles from my core and burbles, like a wave meeting the shore, as it comes out my mouth. I let my arms drop to my sides. He calls to me from the shore. “What’re you laughing at, silly girl?”

How long has it been since he’s called me that?

I open my eyes, the smile still playing on my lips—the lips of a woman, not a girl—as his long strides cover the distance between us. “I’m laughing because I’m happy. You, this,”—I do a slow spin—“all of this, makes me happy.” I yell over the sound of the rain, pounding the sand now.

Very cinematic! What is the last novel you read that you would recommend?

Since You've Been Gone by Christa Allan. I loved this story and I always enjoy Christa’s writing—quirky, fun, and yet she makes you think.

What are you working on now?

I’m writing my next novel. The working title is Chosen. I haven’t come up with a tagline or blurb yet. I’m just writing sample chapters—getting a feel for the characters and the story.

Where else can readers find you online?

Readers can visit my author website: www.ginnyyttrup.com and writers can visit my website for writers: www.wordsforwriters.net.

The book can be purchased online via the following button:

099554: Home

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

As as avid reader myself, I always like to know why other readers read. So, why do you read?

Thanks, Ginny, for telling us about your novel. Readers, Ginny has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, April 10. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Ginny'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. 

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As you scroll to the bottom of today's post to answer Ginny's question, take a look at some of the exciting novels being released in April!

Contemporary Romance:

Sandpiper Cove by Irene Hannon -- When a police chief and an ex-con join forces to keep a young man from falling into a life of crime, sparks fly. Given their backgrounds, it's not a promising match—but in Hope Harbor, anything is possible. (Contemporary Romance from Revell [Baker])

Oh Baby by Delia Latham -- Dawni Manors seeks peace in Angel Falls, Texas. What she finds is a cowboy, an abandoned infant, and emotional chaos. If the Heart's Haven angels really are there, what in the world are they thinking? (Contemporary Romance from White Rose Publishing [Pelican])


A Fragile Hope by Cynthia Ruchti -- Where does a relationship expert turn when his wife leaves him and carries a tiny heartbeat with her? (General from Abingdon Press)

Waiting for Butterflies by Karen Sargent -- When tragedy strikes, Maggie discovers a mother's love never ends--not even when her life does. Longing for her family after her sudden death, she becomes a lingering spirit and returns home where she helplessly witnesses her family's downward spiral in the aftermath of her passing. Her husband is haunted by past mistakes and struggles to redeem himself. Her teenage daughter silently drowns in her own guilt, secretly believing she caused her mother's death. Only her five-year-old, full of innocence, can sense her presence. Although limited by her family's grief and lack of faith, Maggie is determined to keep a sacred promise and save her family before her second chance runs out. (General from Walrus Publishing [Amphorae Publishing Group])


Sunset in Old Savannah by Mary Ellis -- When a philandering husband turns up dead, two crack detectives find more suspects than moss-draped oaks in charming old Savannah, including a scheming business partner, a resentful mistress, and a ne'er-do-well brother. (Mystery from Harvest House Publishers)


Above Rubies by Keely Brooke Keith -- In 1863, young teacher Olivia Owens establishes the first school in the remote settlement of Good Springs while finding love. (Historical, Independently Published)

Historical Romance:

A Rose So Fair by Myra Johnson -- Caleb Wieland would give anything to win farm girl Rose Linwood's heart, but Rose's stubborn independence is proving as thorny as the flower for which she's named. (Historical Romance, Independently Published)

Under the Same Sky by Cynthia Roemer -- In 1854 Illinois, Becky Hollister wants nothing more than to live out her days on the prairie, building a life for herself alongside her future husband. But when a tornado rips through her parents' farm, killing her mother and sister, she must leave the only home she's ever known and the man she's begun to love to accompany her injured father to St. Louis. Catapulted into a world of unknowns, Becky finds solace in corresponding with Matthew Brody, the handsome pastor back home. But when word comes that he is all but engaged to someone else, she must call upon her faith to decipher her future. (Historical Romance from Mantle Rock Publishing)

The Pony Express Romance Collection by Barbara Tifft Blakey, Mary Davis, Darlene Franklin, Cynthia Hickey, Maureen Lang, Debby Lee, Donna Schlachter, Connie Stevens and Pegg Thomas -- Nine historical romances revive the brief era of the Pony Express. Join the race from Missouri, across the plains and mountains to California and back again as brave Pony Express riders and their supporters along the route work to get mail across country in just ten days. It is an outstanding task in the years 1860 to 1861, and only a few are up to the job. Faced with challenges of terrain, weather, hostile natives, sickness, and more, can these adventurous pioneers hold fast, and can they also find lasting love in the midst of daily trials? (Historical Romance from Barbour Publishing)

Romantic Suspense:

Plain Target by Dana R. Lynn -- Horse trainer Jess McGrath only wants to clear her disgraced brother's name, but enemies keep coming out of the woodwork and danger only gets closer. Jess soon learns that no place is safe—and no one can be trusted…except for the last white knight she'd ever expect to ride to her rescue. Paramedic Seth Travis was the boy behind her high school humiliation, but he's also the man keeping her alive. When they find sanctuary in the Amish community, can they uncover answers in time to stop a killer—and resolve their past in time to build a future together? (Romantic Suspense from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Dangerous Testimony by Dana Mentink -- Four weeks before she's set to testify at a gang murder trial, someone is determined to make sure that Candace Gallagher Andrews never takes the stand. When nowhere is safe for the private investigator or her little girl, Candace turns to the only person she can trust—longtime friend and former navy SEAL Marco Quidel. For Marco, protecting Candace is not just another duty. As the trial date nears and the killer stalks ever closer, Marco knows fear for the first time—the fear of losing Candace and her daughter. But while Marco begins seeing Candace as more than just a friend, her late husband's memory is never far from her mind. So he must keep Candace alive—and not get emotionally involved—long enough to put away a killer. (Romantic Suspense from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Deep Extraction by DiAnn Mills -- Special Agent Tori Templeton is determined to find who killed her best friend's husband. Tori finds an unexpected ally in the newest member of the task force, recently reinstated Deputy US Marshal Cole Jeffers. As Tori and Cole dig deeper into Nathan's personal and business affairs, they uncover more than they bargained for. And the closer they get to finding the real killer?and to each other?the more intent someone is on silencing them for good. (Romantic Suspense from Tyndale House)

Final Verdict by Jessica R. Patch -- When Aurora Daniels becomes the target of someone seeking their own twisted justice, Sheriff Beckett Marsh is the only one who can rescue her. As a public defender, Aurora has angered plenty of people in town—and in her past. And while Beckett constantly clashes with the feisty lawyer professionally, it's his duty to protect and serve. Guarding her 24/7 is now his sole assignment. He may not have been able to save his fiancée from a dangerous felon, but he'll do whatever it takes to keep Aurora alive. Even if working with her to catch and convict this ruthless killer puts his heart in the crosshairs. (Romantic Suspense from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Guardian by Terri Reed -- When a fellow FBI agent is kidnapped and a protected witness vanishes, Leo Gallagher will stop at nothing to find them both. So when he discovers a link between the case and a single mother in Wyoming, Leo and his trusty K-9 partner rush to question Alicia Duncan. Could she be the key to locating the missing persons? Not if a killer has anything to say about it. Someone is determined to keep Alicia from talking, so Leo and his chocolate Lab must keep her and her little boy safe on their family ranch. With danger lurking around every corner, Leo must work overtime to not lose another person who's important to him. (Romantic Suspense from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Witch by Denise Weimer -- Having restored Michael Johnson's ancestors' house and apothecary shop and begun applying the lessons of family and forgiveness unearthed from the past, Jennifer Rushmore expects to complete her first preservation job with the simple relocation of a log home. But as her crew reconstructs the 1787 cabin, home to the first Dunham doctor, attacks on those involved throw suspicion on neighbors and friends alike. And while Jennifer has trusted God and Michael with the pain of her past, it appears Michael's been keeping his own secrets. Will she use a dream job offer from Savannah as an escape, or will a haunting tale from a Colonial diary convince her to rely on the faithfulness of his love? (Romantic Suspense from Canterbury House Publishing)

Speculative Romance/Fantasy:

The Fairetellings Series (Books 1 through 3) by Kristen Reed -- Discover a trio of enchanting novellas inspired by three beloved fairy tales: Cinderella, Snow White, and Beauty and the Beast. (Speculative Romance/Fantasy, Independently Published)

Happy reading!


Gail H. said...

I've already read and reviewed Home so don't put me in the drawing. I just wanted to say to all that read this if you don't win, buy the book. It's that good!!

Pam K. said...

I read because I love it. I've been reading since I was a little girl, way too many years ago. A day doesn't feel complete if I don't take time to read. I'm in the stage of life when my children are grown and husband long gone so I have a lot of time alone. Reading helps me not to feel alone.
I really enjoyed Ginny's book, Words. Home sounds really good as well. Thanks for the interview with her and the chance to win the book.


Esther Bandy said...

When I read I get to meet interesting characters, travel to places I've never been, and consider challenging new ideas. I do all of this in the comfort of my home while enjoying the music of the written word.

Patty said...

Why do I read? What an interesting question. I read because I love to read, I read because I think I learned something most of the time. I read because it is relaxing to me. I read because I think it's a better use of time then watching most of the junk on TV these days.

Library Lady said...

To me reading is like breathing. You have to breath if you want to live and if I can't read ...... well, I can't imagine that happening.
Janet E.

Caryl Kane said...

I was born to parents that are avid readers. I can't imagine NOT reading and loving all things bookish. *wink* I also agree with Library Lady that reading is like breathing.

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Trish Perry said...

Absolutely like breathing. I'm floored when I meet someone who doesn't have interest in reading. I can't imagine that. We can't possibly meet everyone out there, or visit every site out there, or have every experience out there, or think every thought out there. But by reading we can dip our toes into those pools more readily than if we kept ourselves in our own cocoons. Books are gifts that enrich our lives with so little effort on our parts!



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