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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, May 21, 2018

Jenna Brandt and Free Books!

A Texas Deputy Sheriff and a small town girl fall in love in the Old West. 

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Things I Never Told You, by Beth Vogt, is:

marypopmom@...


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 learn about new releases! U.S. subscribers are entered in the drawings a second time when they comment.

And now let's visit with novelist Jenna Brandt, author of the Inspirational historical western romance, Lawfully Loved (independently published, February 2018).

Jenna Brandt is a Christian historical romance author and she is branching into contemporary romance in 2018. Her books span from Victorian to Western to WWI eras with elements of romance, suspense, and faith.

Her debut series, the Window to the Heart Saga, has become a bestseller and her newest venture is the multi-author series, The Lawkeepers.

She is also an author in the First Street Church kindle world.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Lawfully Loved.

Jake “Bullseye” Bolton is trying to hide from a broken past through his work while Rebecca Caldwell is trying to take care of her family while they deal with an ongoing problem with their family. Both don’t think they can make room for love, but when instant attraction forms between them, they both rethink their decision.

The novel has a bit of humor with lots of action and romance.

What is it about your lead characters that will make your readers care about them?

Jake is honorable and loyal. He cares about the people he is protecting. Rebecca loves her family and does everything she can to take care of them.

Share with us one hard, cold fact about writing and one warm, fuzzy one.

Finding time to write is probably one of the largest obstacles most writers face. When someone tells me they loved my book and made them happy, it’s the best feeling in the world.

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

I really enjoyed Evangeline Kelly’s Lawfully Protected. It’s in the same series. I was surprised to like it since I don’t like first person perspective, but Evangeline does a terrific job. The characters are well developed; the story is great and you can tell she researched her book’s content.

What are you working on now?

I’m currently working on a spin-off series from my first contemporary romance book, Lawfully Adored which came out in April. It takes places in a small town, Clear Mountain, Colorado, which I created for the book. I decided to turn it into a series called Clear Mountain Romances and I’m working on the first book, tentatively called Clearly Wedded detailing the lives of the couple from Lawfully Adored and setting up future books in the series.

Where else can readers find you online?

My website and newsletter: www.jennabrandt.com
My street team
My reader’s club
The Lawkeepers’ reader’s group
My books on Amazon
Facebook
Twitter
Instagram
Pinterest
Goodreads

The book can be purchased online via the following link:



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

What’s your favorite part of a book?

Thank you, Jenna, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your book. Readers, Jenna has offered to give away a signed copy of her novel. To enter, leave a comment and your email below in answer to Jenna's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Remember that U.S. subscribers are entered an additional time in each drawing. The drawing is done by email, so leave your email address, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com. 

Only United States residents are eligible for the drawing, but anyone can subscribe to the blog posts via the GDPA-compliant Feedblitz box above my list of books, at right.

Also readers, I'd love it if you'd connect with me on Facebook. Just click on my name at the right of today's post title.

Remember, if you'd like information on additional new releases, check out Christian Book Heaven, a new email newsletter for Christian book deals in whatever genres you select. You can subscribe here: ChristianBookHeaven

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, GDPA notice, and my Disclosure of Material Connection HERE

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Copy of email sent to all subscribers today--

For my EU and UK readers:

As a follow-up to "The Rules" update I posted last week, I'm playing it very safe. I am sending this notice to all readers who have subscribed to my blogpost, but it really only applies to my readers who live in the EU and UK. If that applies, to you, please read on.

Given the new EU and UK regulations for personal data protection that require everyone to reconfirm their email subscriptions, I need to verify that you would like to continue receiving weekly notice of my blogpost, Reading, Writing, and the Stuff In-Between.

I wish you and I could ignore this, but that would be too easy! I apologize for the inconvenience. I value the fact I can share authors, their book releases, and their news with you.

As stated before, my GDPR-compliant blogpost processor (Feedblitz) has your email address and nothing else, and we never share that information.

So, let's stay in touch! If you do not want to receive notice of my blogpost, please unsubscribe at the bottom. If you do not hit unsubscribe, I will take that to mean you want to continue receiving the blogpost notice, and I thank you!

Monday, May 14, 2018

Beth Vogt and Free Books!

Things I Never Told You asks the question: Is family always worth fighting for?

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winners of the e-copies of my new novella, Together by Design, are:

cheetahthecat1986@... 

and

tumcsec@...(dot)com

Congratulations! I'll get your e-books right out to you. I encourage readers to keep commenting and/or subscribe at right (above my list of books) in order to learn about new releases! U.S. subscribers are entered in the drawings a second time when they comment.

And now let's visit with novelist Beth Vogt, author of the women's fiction release, Things I Never Told You (Tyndale House Publisher, May 2018).

Beth K. Vogt is a non-fiction author and editor who said she’d never write fiction. She’s the wife of an Air Force family physician (now in solo practice) who said she’d never marry a doctor—or anyone in the military. She’s a mom of four who said she’d never have kids.

Now Beth believes God’s best often waits behind the doors marked “Never.”

Beth is a 2016 Christy Award winner, a 2016 ACFW Carol Award winner, and a 2015 RITA finalist. Her 2014 novel, Somebody Like You, was one of Publisher's Weekly's Best Books of 2014.

An established magazine writer and former editor of the leadership magazine for MOPS International, Beth blogs for Novel Rocket and The Write Conversation and also enjoys speaking to writers' groups and mentoring other writers.

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

When I’m not writing, you’ll probably find me on the sidelines of my daughter’s volleyball games holding a camera and taking thousands and thousands of photos. I’ve become the (un)official photographer of both her high school and club teams. I love viewing the game through the perspective of a camera lens.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Things I Never Told You.

It’s been ten years since Payton Thatcher’s twin sister died in an accident, leaving the entire family to cope in whatever way they could. No longer half of a pair, Payton reinvents herself as a partner in a successful party-planning business and is doing just fine — as long as she manages to hold her memories and her family at arm’s length.

But as old wounds reopen and the family faces yet another tragedy, the Thatchers must decide if they will pull together or be driven apart for good.

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

Payton is anything but perfect …and this speaks to the anything-but-perfect part in all of us. Sometimes we try to hide that part of ourselves. Sometimes we try to pretty it up … but then circumstances overwhelm us, and we can’t help but be real … gut-level honest with ourselves, with others, and with God.

I recently moved to California from the East Coast, and I know I’ll end up setting some future stories here now. What life event would you say has impacted what you write?

For Things I Never Told You, which is about the complicated relationships between sisters, I drew upon my own complicated relationship with my two sisters. I believe all relationships have their difficult, challenging moments, and I like to delve into that when I’m writing — even when I was writing contemporary romance.

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

Cathy West is a good friend and a talented writer. I’ve told her that if we weren’t good friends I just might seriously envy her writing ability instead of celebrating it. Her latest release, Where Hope Begins, is rich with emotion and she tackles serious topics like grief and infidelity with insight and sensitivity.

Cathy is a terrific person. I'm not at all surprised that her books are insightful.

What are you working on now?

I’m writing book 2 of the Thatcher Sister Series — more complications … more character growth.

Where else can readers find you online?

Website/blog: Website
Instagram
Facebook
Twitter
Pinterest

The book can be purchased online via the following button:



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

If you have sisters, what kind of relationship do you have with them? Or if you have daughters, what are you doing to encourage a good relationship between them? Any twins out there? (I’m a twin — I have a fraternal twin sister.)

Thank you, Beth, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your book. Readers, Beth has offered to give away a signed copy of her novel. To enter, leave a comment and your email below in answer to Beth's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Remember that U.S. subscribers are entered an additional time in each drawing. The drawing is done by email, so leave your email address, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com. 

Only United States residents are eligible for the drawing, but anyone can subscribe to the blog posts via the GDPA-compliant Feedblitz box above my list of books, at right.

Also readers, I'd love it if you'd connect with me on Facebook. Just click on my name at the right of today's post title.

Remember, if you'd like information on additional new releases, check out Christian Book Heaven, a new email newsletter for Christian book deals in whatever genres you select. You can subscribe here: ChristianBookHeaven

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, GDPA notice, and my Disclosure of Material Connection HERE

Saturday, May 12, 2018

The Rules, Updated

Dear readers,

I'm updating some privacy info here in order to comply with nitty gritty laws about giving away all of these awesome novels, especially with regard to new rules in Europe. I'm posting the rules and will post a link to this post with each future giveaway. Nothing has changed about my giveaways or your involvement/responsibility, but there's been some new chatter lately about the little bureaucratic gremlins insisting upon the posting of these rules. I aim to please, even bureaucratic gremlins. So:

Disclaimer:
1. No purchase necessary to enter any giveaways given on this site (http://www.trishperry.com). The giveaway will end on the date the next giveaway opportunity is posted. The opportunity to play may be affected by local ability to access the Internet at any particular time. The odds of winning depend upon the number of participants.

2. Open to all readers, 18 years or older, who are legally allowed to participate in such a giveaway as allowed by their local laws. Per U.S. and international law, the book giveaways are limited to United States residents only. EU and UK readers can, however, subscribe to the blog via the GDPR-compliant Feedblitz processor (above my list of books).

3. Players' contact information is used solely for electronic notice of my blog posts and to notify book winners. Entrants will be informed if they are winners on or after the giveaway end date. Limit one entry per person. Trish Perry is not responsible for: incomplete, lost, late, damaged, scrambled or misdirected entries or other errors of any kind whether human, mechanical or electronic, which may limit a user's ability to participate in the giveaway.

4. Trish Perry and members of her family are not allowed to enter the giveaway. Void where prohibited by law. All Federal, state and local laws and regulations apply.

5. Prize(s) will be assigned to those who have been identified as winners.

6. Entrants will be informed at the close of the giveaway if they are winners and what book they have won. Physical book winners will receive their book via mail after the giveaway has completed and winners have been verified. Electronic book winners will receive the book via email after they have been verified. Taxes, if any, are the sole responsibility of the winner. Trish Perry assumes no responsibility or liability for any damages, losses, or injury resulting from the acceptance or use of any prize. All prizes are mailed out within 6-8 weeks of announcement of winner.

7. Entering the giveaway is considered a confirmation of eligibility on behalf of the enterer in accord with these rules and any pertaining local/federal/international laws.

8. Subscription to my blog is voluntary, will only happen upon your email address submission (via the Feedblitz box above my list of books) and after Feedblitz verifies that your email address belongs to you. Every Feedblitz email from me will provide you the opportunity to easily and immediately unsubscribe.

There now. That wasn't so bad, was it?

Also, here is my Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the Amazon links in the pages on this site are "affiliate links." This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I might receive an affiliate commission. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

Monday, May 7, 2018

Together by Design! In Love and War! Free Books!

When life and love thwart Elena's well-designed plans, she discovers the riches available to those willing to bend, take risks, and surrender just a little control.

To celebrate the release of my latest contemporary romance, Together by Design (Winged Publications, May 2018), I'm going to give away two e-copies next week.

Here's a brief summary of the story. 

Elena Tafani is in control of almost every aspect of her life. But getting arrested is only the first in a number of experiences that throw her summer completely off kilter.

She may know how to stage a home to show it at its best, but her life isn’t showing quite as well. There’s her runaway niece, her hard-bitten sister, her over-indulgent parents, and her judgmental clients. Then there’s Chaz, the best friend for whom she’s developing very confusing feelings.

What’s a good rule follower supposed to do?


The novella can be purchased online via the following button:




This is also a good time to mention that the entertaining four-novella contemporary romance collection, In Love and War, featuring stories by Miralee Ferrell, Kimberly Rose Johnson, Debby Mayne, and myself, has been priced down to only 99 cents for the entire e-collection for a limited time. All four stories concern couples who are initially adversarial before love works its way into their hearts. Click the following button to take advantage of the 99 cent pricing!




To enter the drawing for the two e-copies of Together by Design, leave a comment and your email in answer to my question below. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Remember that subscribers are entered an additional time in each drawing. The drawing is done by email, so leave your email address, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

Many commenters are left out of the drawing because they forget to include a way for me to notify them of their win (their email).


My question? What is something that came along in your life to disrupt the plans you thought you were going to follow? How did that work out?

I hope you'll also enjoy the interview below with Sherri Wilson Johnson!


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

Sherri Wilson Johnson and Free Books!

Disappearing business funds and a missing dead body have Marina Acres doubting everyone — including the detective who can't solve his case without her help.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the e-copy of The Fifteenth Article, by Linda Rondeau, is:

cjansma@...

Congratulations! We'll get your e-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 Sherri Wilson Johnson, author of the romantic suspense novel, Grafted into Deceit (Indie published, October 2017).

Sherri Wilson Johnson is a multi-published Inspirational Romance novelist, speaker, virtual assistant, and self-publishing coach. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and is passionate about writing, publishing, and marketing.

She lives in Georgia with her husband Dan and her Chihuahua. She loves spending time with her adult children and friends or curling up with a good book or her current work-in-progress. Sherri enjoys doing jigsaw puzzles in the winter and counts the days every year until she can take another trip to the beach.

She is the author of To Dance Once More, To Laugh Once More, and When Love Must Wait from her Hope of the South series, and Song of the Meadowlark, Secrets Among the Cedars and Grafted into Deceit from her Contemporary Suspense series, Intertwined.

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

I’ve watched all 33 seasons of the Bob Ross painting videos (although I can’t paint) and am convinced I can paint one of his scenes once I finish collecting all my painting supplies.

Don't you just love buying supplies? I think I enjoy that as much as the arts/crafts themselves.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Grafted into Deceit.

When Marina Acres launches an investigation to find her company's missing money, she becomes a killer's target and uncovers a tangled vine of deception in the process.

Detective Steven Pennington, who suspects drugs are at the root of the problem, must keep Marina safe from the killer while keeping himself from falling for yet another victim.

Marina refuses to believe that her business partner could be part of a drug trafficking ring, but when evidence points its finger at her, she must join the fight with Steven to weed out the killer.

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

She’s been taken advantage of financially but refuses to let it stop her. She’s strong and determined to win.

Share with us one hard, cold fact about writing and one warm, fuzzy one.

Writing is hard to do when you work full time and when you don’t know if you’ll ever see the story in print.

Writing fills my bucket and makes me feel connected to God and my purpose more.

Oh, I'm completely in agreement with you on the full-time work. I really had to scale back on my writing once I went back to my day job. I long for the full-time writing days again!

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

The Priority Unit by Susan Page Davis. It’s the first book in a seven book series that’s full of suspense sprinkled with a good romance.

Susan is awesome and is a frequent guest on this site.

What are you working on now?

I am now working on a story set on the Erie Canal called The Bridge Between Us for Barbour Publishing. I don’t have a release date yet, but I’m estimating it will be 2019.

Where else can readers find you online?

Website
Amazon Author Page
Facebook
Twitter
Sign up for Sherri's Mailing List!
Pinterest
Goodreads
BookBub


The book can be purchased online via the following button:



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

If you could take one book only with you on vacation (besides the Bible), what book would you take and why?

Thank you, Sherri, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your book. Readers, Sherri has offered to give away an e-copy of her novel. To enter, leave a comment and your email below in answer to Sherri's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Remember that subscribers are entered an additional time in each drawing. The drawing is done by email, so leave your email address, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

Many commenters are left out of the drawing because they forget to include a way for me to notify them of their win (their email).


Also readers, I'd love it if you'd connect with me on Facebook. Just click on my name at the right of today's post title.

Remember, if you'd like information on additional new releases, check out Christian Book Heaven, a new email newsletter for Christian book deals in whatever genres you select. You can subscribe here: ChristianBookHeaven

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, April 23, 2018

Linda Rondeau and Free Books!

The Constitutional Government is about to pass The Fifteenth Article, an act that may enflame a civil war and plunge United Earth into a third dark age.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the copy of 223 Orchard Streetby Renee Ryan, is:

mcnuttjem0@...

Congratulations! I'll email you to find out which format you prefer, 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 Linda Rondeau, author of the futuristic political thriller, The Fifteenth Article (Elk Lake Publishing, Inc., 2017).

Award-winning author, Linda Wood Rondeau writes to demonstrate our worst past, surrendered to God, becomes our best future. Whether speculative fiction, romance, or suspense, Rondeau’s books tug at the heart as her life-like characters struggle with issues common to the human condition: past, present, or future.

Watch for her upcoming release, Hosea’s Heart. How much does forgiveness require? A minister searches for his drug-addicted runaway wife. When they reunite, she is dying. She wants forgiveness. He seeks purpose. Time is running out. Also published by Elk Lake Publishing, Inc.

A veteran social worker, the author resides in Hagerstown, Maryland.

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

I’m one lucky woman. Since he retired, my spouse of over forty years has decided to become a house husband. I’m royally spoiled.

Excellent! We should all be so blessed.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of The Fifteenth Article.

The world had slumped into a second dark age due to war, famine, and disease. Eventually, a global democracy called The Accord was formed. Too weak to survive humanity’s greed, United Earth formed a faux democracy called The Constitutional Government, comprised of fourteen articles of confederation, intended to unite the cities and the polluted outworlds.

Edwin Rowlands, current governor of Western America Province, is slated to replace the ailing President. His climb to power will give him the votes to pass his proposed Preservation Act, or The Fifteenth Article. This legislation would make defection to the outworlds, once a right under The Accord, an act of treason, both past and present, punishable by death without trial.

Factions arise in opposition to the proposed legislation and civil war is threatened. Ahmed Fared, Edwin Rowlands’ second, prays to a power higher than he for wisdom to prevent a war that will plunge United Earth into a third dark age.

Fascinating premise, Linda.

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

Ahmed Fared is prince among two worlds. Respected by all the political parties within United Earth’s Constitutional Government, Ahmed is also revered as Ambassador the Western America outworld, led by his adoptive brother Jacob Goodayle.

However, his divided loyalties bring him into conflict with his superior, a deluded dictator who sees himself as mankind’s savior. However, Ahmed knows him to be humanity’s greatest threat.

What does honor require him to do? Caught between loyalties, Ahmed is brought to his knees, and asks for wisdom from a power greater than he.

What initially planned facet of a story or character developed or changed while you wrote?

As this story developed, I saw historic parallels between the American struggle for independence from a tyrannical king and the Western America Province’s struggle to break away from United Earth and form their own government. Jacob Goodayle became a Thomas Jefferson … a philosopher thrust into leadership by the times in which he lived.

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

Carol McCain’s Waters of Separation. This book expertly demonstrates the conflict most Christians face in their desire to serve and a past that weighs down their passion.

What are you working on now?

I am currently working on an Adirondack Suspense series for clean general fiction. The first book, Collins Bend Legacy, is completed. A widow is hired by a former lover, a college history professor, to help him research for his book on Adirondack Railroad Development. While researching Railroad tycoon Edwin Wordsworth, they stumble upon clues to unravel the 150-year old mystery of his death and his wife’s disappearance.

Where else can readers find you online?

Readers may visit my website at www.lindarondeau.com. Contact me on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google Plus and Goodreads.

The book is available for online purchase via the following button:



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

What do you think makes a story interesting? When do you put a book down, and when are you so intrigued you can’t put it down?

Thank you, Linda, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your book. Readers, Linda has offered to give away an e-copy of her novel. To enter, leave a comment and your email below in answer to Linda's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Remember that subscribers are entered an additional time in each drawing. The drawing is done by email, so leave your email address, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

Many commenters are left out of the drawing because they forget to include a way for me to notify them of their win (their email).


Also readers, I'd love it if you'd connect with me on Facebook. Just click on my name at the right of today's post title.

Remember, if you'd like information on additional new releases, check out Christian Book Heaven, a new email newsletter for Christian book deals in whatever genres you select. You can subscribe here: ChristianBookHeaven

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, April 16, 2018

Renee Ryan and Free Books!

A heartening novel of the immigrant experience—and of redemption, self-sacrifice, and the power of hope when all else seems lost.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Their Amish Reunion by Lenora Worth, is:

jdmfirefly@...

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 visit with novelist Renee Ryan, author of the women's fiction/romance, 223 Orchard Street (Amazon’s Waterfall Press, April 2018).

Renee grew up in a Florida beach town where she learned how to surf and skateboard very poorly. As a teenager, she gave up on both pursuits and began entertaining herself by reading all the classics while she worked on her tan.

After graduating college with a degree in Economics and Religion she explored various career opportunities at a Florida theme park and a modeling agency. She moved on to teach high school Economics, American Government, and Latin while coaching award-winning cheerleading teams. Renee now writes for Amazon's Waterfall Press.

Quite a varied background, Renee! Please tell us one random thing we might not know about you.

I had dinner with Oprah. Yes, that Oprah! We discussed her movie Beloved along with the director Jonathon Demme and five other guests. A once in a lifetime experience, to be sure. I have pictures. ☺

I'd love to hear how that came about. Maybe you could encapsulate it in the comments later!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of 223 Orchard Street.

Irish immigrant Katie O’Connor and her younger sister, Shannon, risk everything to journey to America at the turn of the twentieth century. As each woman passes into an intimidating, stirring, and unpredictable New York City, she is forced to rethink her dream of a better life.

It isn’t until Katie begins serving the sick in the depressed slums of the Bowery alongside Dr. Titus Brentwood that she discovers her true calling. Meanwhile, fate directs the vulnerable Shannon down an unsettling path that could put her life at risk.

As Katie’s and Ty’s selflessness and devotion turn into something deeper, Ty must make a choice that could save one O’Connor sister at the expense of losing the other. But Katie hasn’t come this far to let go now. She’ll do anything to save Shannon and hold on to the man she’s come to love.

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

Katie is a woman determined to better her lot in life and those of her loved ones. She understands hard work, knows the battle she faces to pull herself out of poverty. Her optimism wavers, she has disagreements with her family, but she remains constant. No sacrifice is too great. I think every woman can relate to that kind of devotion to the people we love.

What initially planned facet of a story or character developed or changed while you wrote?

Originally, this book was supposed to be a light-hearted historical romance. However, as I began digging deeper into the immigration experience during the turn of the twentieth century I couldn’t gloss over the hardships these brave people endured. The story turned a bit more serious.

And then Katie’s younger sister Shannon showed up on the page and I knew I wanted to explore the dynamic between these two. Add in a cousin and an ailing aunt and soon the women took over the story. The hero had his own story to tell.

I love where this book took me, both in my storytelling and my understanding of the immigrant experience.

Yes, it's wonderful when a story surprises even the author. I've had times when I finished a novel and then couldn't believe what I had planned in my early notes. I use an outline, typically, but that doesn't mean characters and situations won't take you somewhere else!

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

The Lake House by Kate Morton. Kate’s writing is beautiful, both lyrical and yet very readable. I found myself both immersed in the story and mesmerized by the language. I highly recommend any of Kate’s books. I’m such a fangirl. I would love to meet her someday.

I haven't read any of her books. Her plots sound intriguing. Thanks for the recommendation!

What are you working on now?

I’m working on another Women’s Fiction set in WWII during the Nazi occupation in the Champagne region. I’m exploring how far a woman will go to safeguard her family. 223 Orchard Street had a similar theme, but the stakes are much higher during times of war. When survival is on the table, the line between right and wrong becomes blurred. I’m feeling quite challenged.

Where else can readers find you online?

Check out www.ReneeRyan.com or go to my Facebook page, Renee Ryan. My Twitter handle is @ReneeRyanBooks

The novel can also be purchased on Amazon via the following button:



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

I told you about my brush with fame, now it’s your turn. Have you met anyone famous?

Thank you, Renee, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your book. Readers, Renee has offered to give away a copy of her novel (the format will be reader's choice). To enter, leave a comment and your email below in answer to Renee's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Remember that subscribers are entered an additional time in each drawing. The drawing is done by email, so leave your email address, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

Many commenters are left out of the drawing because they forget to include a way for me to notify them of their win (their email).


Also readers, I'd love it if you'd connect with me on Facebook. Just click on my name at the right of today's post title.

Remember, if you'd like information on additional new releases, check out Christian Book Heaven, a new email newsletter for Christian book deals in whatever genres you select. You can subscribe here: ChristianBookHeaven

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, April 9, 2018

Lenora Worth and Free Books!

He was born a warrior in a pacifist community.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the e-copy of False Pride by Veronica Heley, is:

von1janet@...

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 Lenora Worth, author of the contemporary Amish novel, Their Amish Reunion (Love Inspired, April 2018).

Lenora Worth has published close to eighty books for Love Inspired and Love Inspired Suspense, HarperCollins, Tule Publishing and Gilead Publishing and is a three-time Carol Award nominee. She is a New York Times, USA Today, and PW bestselling author who lives in Florida with her retired husband.

She enjoys long walks on the beach, reading and shoe shopping.

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

I grew up on a farm. I can drive a tractor and I can pull corn and pick peanuts. Or at least, I used to be able to do those things.

Oh, I'll bet that all comes back as easily as remembering how to ride a bike. I would imagine your upbringing influences your stories from time to time.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Their Amish Reunion.

Love blooms in the Amish Seasons series. Widowed mother Ava Jane Graber can’t believe her eyes. Her first love is back in Lancaster County.

Years ago, Jeremiah Weaver did the unthinkable: left the Amish—and her—for the Navy SEALs. Now the prodigal hero wants redemption from his community, his family and from the woman he never forgot. He was once a warrior, but now becoming Ava’s husband and giving his heart back to God are his ultimate missions.

What is it about your lead characters that will make your readers care about them?

Ava Jane is a strong Amish woman who follows the tenets of her faith. Jeremiah is a strong man who felt the need to do his duty and avenge a friend’s death at war. He needs forgiveness and the peace of becoming Amish again. But she is afraid she can’t forgive him for not only leaving her, but for fighting battles.

This story is about ultimate sacrifice and ultimate forgiveness.

What initially planned facet of a story of character developed or changed while you wrote?

I pretty much saw this story in my head but I wanted to convey the truth of forgiveness. I had to break Jeremiah down before he could find true forgiveness, which meant he had to forgive himself. I realized that and it strengthened the ending, I think.

What an excellent point about forgiveness. I know many people who believe God forgives them, but they struggle to forgive themselves.

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

Right now I’m reading Katie Ganshert’s The Art of Losing Yourself. I’d recommend it because readers will identify with the two sisters in the book. It’s a wonderful story.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on my next Amish book for Love Inspired and a short romance for Tule Publishing.

Where else can readers find you online?

www.lenoraworth.com, @LenoraWorth on Twitter, and @lenoraworthbooks (Facebook)

The book can be purchased online via the following button:



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

I’d like to know what really draws them into a book and if they could write a book, what would it be like?

Thank you, Lenora, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your book. Readers, Lenora has offered to give away a signed copy of her novel. To enter, leave a comment and your email below in answer to Lenora's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Remember that subscribers are entered an additional time in each drawing. The drawing is done by email, so leave your email address, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

Many commenters are left out of the drawing because they forget to include a way for me to notify them of their win (their email).


Also readers, I'd love it if you'd connect with me on Facebook. Just click on my name at the right of today's post title.

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Monday, April 2, 2018

Veronica Heley and Free Books!

Bea is drawn into the hunt for a collection of family jewels which has gone missing along with an international art expert . . . and it’s not only his housekeeper who’s looking for him.

Before we focus on today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of  Breaking News by Susan Page Davis, is:

momrain@...

Congratulations! I'll email you for your snail mail address and, assuming you live in the U.S., 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 Veronica Heley, author of the English cozy mystery, False Pride (Severn House, December 2017).

Veronica Heley celebrated the publication of this, her 80th book in December 2017, having been published traditionally for forty-one years. She is currently writing two gentle crime series set in different areas of London, and three short stories a year for the Methodist Recorder. She has also written children’s and resource books, a biography, and some historical fiction, along with many articles and reviews.

She’s involved with her local church and community affairs, likes to break for coffee with friends and does the garden when she has time.

Share with us one thing the reader might not know about you.

I play Patience with real cards to unwind.

I had to look up that game, Veronica! Here in the States we call that Solitaire. I haven't played it in ages, but I used to be addicted, also with real cards. I play Sudoku to unwind now, and it's actually more fun to play that game electronically. 

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of False Pride.

Bea Abbot is asked to help one of her clients to locate her employer, Lucas Rycroft, an international art expert who has disappeared along with the family jewels. She soon discovers that other members of the Rycroft family will go to any lengths to get their hands on the jewels, and on Lucas.

Caught up in the chaos is Bea’s ex-husband Piers, who finds a body in his hall . . . and that’s not the only corpse that comes to light over a tense weekend.

Booklist has given False Pride an excellent review, concluding: "there are enough bizarre twists and sparkly characters to make for an endearing, entertaining read."

Publishers Weekly says: "Those fond of darker English cozies will find much to savor."

Why should the reader care about Bea?

Bea cares about people and always tries to see the best in them, while acknowledging that bad things do happen even to the nicest people. She is willing to provide food and a bed for people who are genuinely in trouble, but threats stiffen her resolve to do the right thing.

What initially planned facet of a story of character developed or changed while you wrote?

Bea’s ex-husband Piers has been wandering in and out her life for some years, and at first I couldn’t understand the reason for his being so persistent but gradually I came to understand the reason why their early marriage broke down . . . and what he wants to do about it now.

That a fun tease.

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

The last book I read which is worth talking about is, Princes at War by Deborah Cadbury. It is more of a biography than a novel but an easy read, being the story of the four sons of George V before and during the Second World War. It is well researched, factual and convincing about the extraordinary lives of the man who gave up his kingdom for the love of the American Wallis Simpson, of the brother who feared he wasn’t up to the job of succeeding him, and of their playboy younger siblings, who both proved their worth in a crisis. There was a lot here that I didn’t know. I could even have done with another chapter or two to tell what happened to the brothers after the war was over.

The show called The Crown has generated a lot of interest here with regard to Elizabeth's reign. I'm a big fan. Princes sounds like a good read about the era before Elizabeth.

What are you working on now?

I’m now working on another Bea Abbot story, which will be published at the end of the year. This is called False Account and will also be about money and family relationships, but although there is at least one death, I am writing a good deal about loyalties in a family and how an elderly woman can be bullied into handing over her money – or can she?

Before that, I have another Ellie Quicke book to come out at the end of June this year, called Murder by Suggestion. A group of women joke about how to kill their spouses, only to find the jokes have been taken seriously, and they themselves thrown out onto the street . . . or rather, how they end up in Ellie’s house with all their belongings.

Where else can readers find you online?

My website is www.veronicaheley.com. There is also a blog. And, if you would like to receive my monthly newsletter containing news and views, then you can have it sent to you, free, through the contact on the home page.

The book can also be purchased online via the following Amazon button:



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

Every year I personally get a little older, but Ellie and Bea remain the age at which I first wrote about them. I am now writing the nineteenth Ellie Quicke mystery, and the thirteenth Bea Abbot, and they have not aged at all. Does this matter, do you think?

Thank you, Veronica, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your book. Readers, Veronica has offered to give away a e-copy of her novel. To enter, leave a comment and your email below in answer to Veronica's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Remember that subscribers are entered an additional time in each drawing. The drawing is done by email, so leave your email address, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

Many commenters are left out of the drawing because they forget to include a way for me to notify them of their win (their email).


Also readers, I'd love it if you'd connect with me on Facebook. Just click on my name at the right of today's post title.

Remember, if you'd like information on additional new releases, check out Christian Book Heaven, a new email newsletter for Christian book deals in whatever genres you select. You can subscribe here: ChristianBookHeaven

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


Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Bonus Post: Free Four-Novella E-Book!

Hey subscribers--for this week only, you can get In Love and War for free via the Amazon button below!

This four-novella collection is available in print as well, but we're giving away the e-version this week, and I wanted to let my subscribers know.

The common theme between these four novellas is that the romance develops between people who are adversaries at the beginning of their stories.

Here's a little more information about each one:


Lassoed by Love By Miralee Ferrell

Lindsey Morgan loves her life—too bad she can no longer afford it. 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 Spring, 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?

If you'd like to take advantage of the offer, just click the button below! Happy reading!


Monday, March 26, 2018

Susan Page Davis and Free Books!

When news editor Kurt Borden sends his star reporter out to do a story on a senator who disappeared more than 40 years ago, the reporter goes missing too.

Before we chat with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the novella collection, Seven Brides for Seven Texas Rangers, including the novella, Partners in Crime, by Vickie McDonough, is:

mindyhoung@...

Congratulations! We'll get your e-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 mystery novel, Breaking News (Tea Tin Press, Print Release March 2018).

Susan Page Davis is the author of more than 80 Christian novels in the mystery, romantic suspense, and historical romance genres. She’s a winner of the Carol Award, two Will Rogers Medallions, and two Inspirational Readers’ Choice Awards.

Susan grew up in the state of Maine, where her father was a game warden. She now lives in western Kentucky. She and her husband Jim have six grown children and ten grandchildren.

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

I hate to cook, but I have won prizes for my baking—most notably, zucchini bread.

I love veggie breads! My one foray into zucchini bread was a mushy disaster, so I bow to your prize-winning expertise. 

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Breaking News.

Editor Kurt Borden’s star reporter, Mick Tyler, is struggling with depression. Long before Kurt bought his lakeside house in Maine, a senator owned the cottage next door. When Tyler shows interest in the story, Kurt sends him out to do a feature on the senator, who disappeared more than 40 years ago. Maybe Mick’s fascination with the tale will lift his depression. But Mick never comes back.

Kurt’s wife Janet finds an elderly neighbor ill in his home. The old man, Elwood Fairmont, begs Janet to give a cryptic message to his grown children. Elwood’s children gather, but their father’s words mystify them. Was what he told Janet a dying confession?

Kurt assigns bright young reporter Dave Carpenter to write about Mick’s disappearance. When Dave investigates the story his colleague was pursuing, Kurt’s life is threatened. Janet finds a clue that makes them wonder: Are Elwood’s regrets and Mick’s disappearance connected to things that happened decades ago?

To unravel the close-woven mysteries, Kurt and Janet must rely on their faith and use all their wits and diplomatic skills.

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

Janet cares about other people. She is an empty-nest mom who gave up her job to move with her husband to his new one, and she has some time on her hands. She uses that to minister to people who need it.

What have you learned about yourself as a result of your writing career?

I can do things I never expected to be able to do, so long as God is in it.

Yes, I always find myself coming back to ask God for guidance about what He wants me to do. It gives me peace that He'll orchestrate my path.

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

Sibella Giorello’s Stone and Sunset. I love her Raleigh Harmon mystery series, and this latest episode did not disappoint. This one features Raleigh as a teenager and her genius friend, Drew, who had appeared in a couple of the earliest books. I wondered what had happened to Drew, who is a “difficult friend,” and was glad she made a reappearance.

What are you working on now?

I am writing book 7 in the Maine Justice series, and I just finished up Book 25 in the Tearoom Mysteries, Tea and Promises, the final book of the series.

Where else can readers find you online?

Website
Twitter: @SusanPageDavis
Facebook
Sign up for my occasional newsletter at https://madmimi.com/signups/118177/join

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

Janet and Kurt try to help a neighbor and a coworker who are abrasive and have relationship issues. What have you done, or what could you do, to reach out to someone who at times may be difficult to love?

Thank you, Susan, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your book. Readers, Susan has offered to give away an signed copy of her novel. To enter, leave a comment and your email below in answer to Susan's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Remember that subscribers are entered an additional time in each drawing. The drawing is done by email, so leave your email address, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

Many commenters are left out of the drawing because they forget to include a way for me to notify them of their win (their email).


Also readers, I'd love it if you'd connect with me on Facebook. Just click on my name at the right of today's post title.

Remember, if you'd like information on additional new releases, check out Christian Book Heaven, a new email newsletter for Christian book deals in whatever genres you select. You can subscribe here: ChristianBookHeaven

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, March 19, 2018

Vickie McDonough and Free Books!

A Texas Ranger working undercover in the gang he is tasked with capturing encounters a pretty captive who changes all he had planned.

Before we chat with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the e-copy of The Reluctant Groom, by Kimberly Rose Johnson, is:

psalm103and138@...

Congratulations! We'll get your e-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 chat with novelist Vickie McDonough, author of the Historical Christian romance novella, Partners in Crime, in the collection: Seven Brides for Seven Texas Rangers (Barbour Publishing, March 2018).

Bestselling author Vickie McDonough grew up wanting to marry a rancher, but instead, she married a computer geek who is scared of horses. She now lives out her dreams penning romance stories about ranchers, cowboys, lawmen, and others living in the Old West.

Vickie is the award-winning author of more than 45 published books and novellas, with over 1.5 million copies sold. Her novels include End of the Trail, winner of the OWFI 2013 Booksellers Best Fiction Novel Award. Song of the Prairie won the 2015 Inspirational Readers Choice Award. Gabriel’s Atonement, book 1 in the Land Rush Dreams series, placed second in the 2016 Will Rogers Medallion Award.

Vickie has recently stepped into independent publishing.

She has been married for forty-two years to Robert. They have four grown sons, one daughter-in-law, and a precocious granddaughter. When she’s not writing, Vickie enjoys reading, antiquing, doing stained glass, watching movies, and traveling.

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

Many years ago, my husband and I live on a kibbutz in Israel for a year. We celebrated our first anniversary in Jerusalem.

How romantic! 

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Partners in Crime.

Micah McCulloch, a Texas Ranger working undercover in the Markham gang, is tasked with guarding a young, woman hostage. Cass Markham has ordered Laurel Underwood, a silversmith, to create a set of plates for printing counterfeit money, or she and her family will be killed.

Though highly skilled at etching silver and gold jewelry, Laurel knows she doesn’t have the expertise to do what she’s been told to do. Her only option is to stall and try to win over the handsome but reticent outlaw guarding her—or to escape.

But can she escape without the kind bandit stealing her heart?

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

Micah is an honorable man who’s not afraid to put his life on the line to protect others.

What have you learned about yourself as a result of your writing career?

All my life I jumped from one thing to another because I love learning new things. I thought of myself as a sprinter—doing one thing for a short while then something else. When I started writing, I really wondered if I would have enough determination to write a whole book. Well, I surprised myself. I really believe God led me to become a writer, and with Him on your side, you can accomplish a whole lot.

Amen to that, Vickie! 

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

I love to read, but we have spent the past two months moving, cleaning out the old house, and setting up for a huge downsizing sale. On top of that, I’ve been reading through my Oklahoma Brides trilogy, which I got the rights back on. I’m going to self-publish it, but since it was the first series I wrote and my writing has improved since then, I’ve been making some changes. I honesty can’t even remember the last book I read. I can tell you that most of the books I read are historical romances. I love anything by Karen Witemeyer or Lacy Williams.

What are you working on now?

I’m writing a new novella called A Day Late and A Dollar Short, which is part of The Runaway Bride Collection. It’s the story of a young woman fleeing an unwanted arranged marriage by becoming a mail-order bride, but when she arrives in town, she discovers her intended married someone else the day before she arrived. With no money to travel further, she’s stuck in the tiny Texas town. The Runaway Bride Collection releases January 2019.

Where else can readers find you online?

Website: www.vickiemcdonough.com
Newsletter sign-up
Facebook
Twitter
Pinterest
Heroes, Heroines, and History blog: HHHistory.com
Follow me on Amazon: www.amazon.com/Vickie-McDonough
Goodreads

The collection can be purchased online via the following button:



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

This past week I read a blog post about how readers choose the books they buy/read. So I’m curious how your readers pick their books: author, title, genre, cover design, something else?

Thanks for hosting me today!

Thank you, Vickie, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your book. Readers, Vickie has offered to give away an signed copy of her novella collection. To enter, leave a comment and your email below in answer to Vickie's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Remember that subscribers are entered an additional time in each drawing. The drawing is done by email, so leave your email address, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

Many commenters are left out of the drawing because they forget to include a way for me to notify them of their win (their email).


Also readers, I'd love it if you'd connect with me on Facebook. Just click on my name at the right of today's post title.

Remember, if you'd like information on additional new releases, check out Christian Book Heaven, a new email newsletter for Christian book deals in whatever genres you select. You can subscribe here: ChristianBookHeaven

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, March 12, 2018

Kimberly Rose Johnson and Free Books!

The Reluctant Groom is a modern day marriage of convenience, for two friends facing an uncertain future.

Before we chat with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Kill Shot, by Susan Sleeman, is:

joypaul223@...

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 chat with novelist Kimberly Rose Johnson, author of the contemporary romance, The Reluctant Groom (Independently Published, March 2018).

Faith Hope and Love Reader's Choice Finalist, Kimberly Rose Johnson, married her college sweetheart and lives in the Pacific Northwest.

From a young child Kimberly has been an avid reader. That love of reading fostered a creative mind and led to her passion for writing. She especially loves romance and writes contemporary romance that warms the heart and feeds the soul.



Kimberly holds a degree in Behavioral Science from Northwest University in Kirkland, Washington, and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers.

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

I’ve been thinking about traveling a lot lately but one thing holds me back. Although I love to be at my travel destination, the process of getting there makes me think twice about going at all. LOL I want someone to make a real transporter so I can travel without having to drive or fly to get there.

You and me both. The more I travel, the less it bothers me, but it's still not my favorite thing to do!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of The Reluctant Groom.

Sure. Here is the back cover blurb
:

When Ray O’Brien’s world is turned upside down, Katie Fairchild wants to help, but the personal cost is high. Neither desires a marriage of convenience, but when Katie blurts the first thing that comes to her mind Ray can’t dismiss her offer of marriage. It would solve all his problems except for one thing—they aren’t in love.



Can these two friends team up for the greater good and perhaps find love along the way, or are their expectations impossible?

What is it about your lead characters that will make your readers care about them?

Ray is an all around great human being. He cares about others before himself and it shows in his everyday life. Katie pulls at my heartstrings. She had it rough growing up and in spite of everything she has going against her she manages to keep moving forward.

What have you learned about yourself as a result of your writing career?

That’s a great question! I’ve actually learned a lot. A couple of things I’ve learned are that I’m a self-starter, and I’m not afraid of putting myself out there. When I first started writing I wanted to write romantic suspense. I had some questions so I went straight to the sources—the FBI and the CIA. People were shocked that I would do that.

I've done that with the NRA for historic gun information, and the California Marine Biology Institute for help with marine life for one of my settings. I was surprised by how helpful those agencies and organizations can be.

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

I am currently reading The Broken Trail by Christa MacDonald. It really holds my interest, and I’m drawn into the story so much so that I think about it when my mind isn’t otherwise occupied. Every time I have a change to sit down and read it again it’s like revising old friends. It takes me a couple weeks to finish a book due to time constraints.

What are you working on now?

I am currently working on the second book in a contracted series with Mountain Brook Ink, that will begin releasing this June. The series is a romantic mystery.

Where else can readers find you online?

The best place to find me is my website where I have links to all my social media.

www.kimberlyrjohnson.com

The book can be purchased online via the following button:



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

If you enjoy traveling either abroad or in the US where do you recommend going and why? I have spring fever, and I like to dream about traveling.

Thank you, Kimberly, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your book. Readers, Kimberly has offered to give away an e-copy of her novel. To enter, leave a comment and your email below in answer to Kimberly's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Remember that subscribers are entered an additional time in each drawing. The drawing is done by email, so leave your email address, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

Many commenters are left out of the drawing because they forget to include a way for me to notify them of their win (their email).


Also readers, I'd love it if you'd connect with me on Facebook. Just click on my name at the right of today's post title.

Remember, if you'd like information on additional new releases, check out Christian Book Heaven, a new email newsletter for Christian book deals in whatever genres you select. You can subscribe here: ChristianBookHeaven

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


 

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