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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, January 15, 2018

Dr. Richard Mabry and Free Books!

Surgeon’s Choice: Dr. Ben Merrick and his fiancé, Rachel Gardner, thought getting her parents to their wedding was their only problem, but then people started turning up dead.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Death at Thorburn Hall, by DeAnna Dodson, is:

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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 chat with novelist Dr. Richard Mabry, author of the Medical mystery with romance, Surgeon’s Choice, Indie-published (Kindle: Amazon; Print: Smashwords, January 2018).

Dr. Richard Mabry is a retired physician, now writing “medical mysteries with heart.” He is the author of one non-fiction book, four novellas, and eleven published novels. His novels have been finalists for the Carol Award, the Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award, the Reviewer’s Choice Award, the Selah Award, and others.

He and his wife live in north Texas. In addition to regular efforts (thus far unsuccessful) to improve his golf game, he spends much of his time trying to convince his family that sitting at his desk staring into space does indeed represent work.

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

I spent almost three years in the Air Force, participated in a helicopter rescue, and hate heights.

I can't imagine dealing with a fear/hatred of heights while up in the air!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Surgeon's Choice.

Dr. Ben Merrick and his fiancé, Rachel Gardner, can’t get her divorced parents to stay in the same room, much less attend their wedding together. He is also looking over his shoulder expecting more trouble from a very senior surgeon who has shown he is still smarting from a previous dust-up. Ben doesn’t know if a series of mishaps and accidents are caused by a disgruntled patient’s relatives or represent more from the older surgeon.

Then his prospective father-in-law approaches him, needing money for reasons Ben can’t fathom. Rachel has an idea about the cause of the request, but she doesn’t want to accept it. Then, when the deaths begin, Ben and Rachel begin to wonder if they can escape unscathed…and alive.

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

Dr. Ben Merrick suspects the father of his fiancé has done some bad things—he doesn’t know what, and doesn’t press her—but he stays by her side, even when things go wrong.

What special effort do you want to make in 2018 to improve your writing?

I want to remember the advice of Donald Maass: Decide what the worst possible thing can be for your protagonist. Do it. Then make it worse. I want my readers to keep turning pages to see what happens next.

Such a good reminder. I don't think I'm hard enough on my protagonists.

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

I spend a lot of time re-reading books by some of my favorite authors. I’m currently reading The Litigators, by John Grisham. I get a lot of legal material from his books (he doesn’t do much research, but he’s a lawyer), as well as seeing how he can get his characters into and out of trouble.

What are you working on now?

I’m editing (actually, re-writing) my next novel, Guarded Prognosis. I plan to release it in the summer of 2018. I’ve also made a start on the novella I want to release in December of 2018, Emergency Call.

Where else can readers find you online?

Readers can find out more about me on my web page (www.rmabry.com). I post twice a week on my blog (www.rmabry.blogspot.com). My Facebook page is www.facebook.com/rmabrybooks, and my Twitter page is www.twitter.com/RichardMabry. I’m also on Goodreads as Richard Mabry.

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

What is your preferred genre for reading? When you read mysteries, do you like those that make you leave the lights on or ones that allow you to sleep with them off?

Thank you, Richard, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your book. Readers, Richard has offered to give away an e-copy or a print copy of his novel. To enter, leave a comment and your email below in answer to Richard'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).

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Monday, January 8, 2018

DeAnna Dodson and Free Books!

Drew Farthering goes to Scotland for the 1935 British Open, but instead of a week of world-class golf, he finds himself involved with murder, betrayal, family intrigue, and the possibility of Nazi spies.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the e-copy of Jerusalem Rising: Adah's Journey, by Barbara Britton, is:

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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 chat with novelist DeAnna Dodson, author of the historical cozy mystery (think Agatha Christie, Margery Allingham or Dorothy L. Sayers), Death at Thorburn Hall (Bethany House, November 2017).

Julianna Deering has always been an avid reader and a lover of storytelling, whether on the page, the screen or the stage. This, along with her keen interest in history and her Christian faith, shows in her tales of love, forgiveness and triumph over adversity.

A fifth-generation Texan, she makes her home north of Dallas with three spoiled cats and, when not writing, spends her free time quilting, cross stitching and watching NHL hockey.

Her series of Drew Farthering mysteries set in 1930s England debuted from Bethany House with Rules of Murder (2013) and is followed by Death by the Book and Murder at the Mikado (2014), Dressed for Death (2016), Murder on the Moor and Death at Thorburn Hall (2017).

Also, as DeAnna Julie Dodson, she has written a trilogy of medieval romances (In Honor Bound, By Love Redeemed and To Grace Surrendered) and several contemporary mysteries for Annie’s Fiction and Guideposts. She is represented by Wendy Lawton of the Books & Such Literary Agency (www.booksandsuch.biz).

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

I love doing hand sewing, particularly needleturn applique. I just got one of those fabulous cutting machines, so I can cut out patterns perfectly. I’m so excited!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Death at Thorburn Hall.

Drew Farthering arrives in idyllic Scotland for the 1935 British Open at Muirfield hoping for a relaxing holiday, but he soon finds a mystery on his hands. Lord Rainsby, his host at Thorburn Hall, fears his business partner may be embezzling and asks Drew to quietly investigate. Before Drew can uncover anything, Rainsby is killed in a suspicious riding accident.

Thorburn Hall is filled with guests, and as Drew continues to dig, he realizes that each might have had a motive. Together with Madeline and Nick, he must sort through shady business dealings, international intrigue, and family tensions to find a killer who always seems to be one step ahead.

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

I love Drew! He’s such a gentleman, the old-fashioned kind who stands when a lady comes into the room. Besides being kind and honorable, he’s funny and adventurous and wants to help people in difficult situations. He’s learned from his own mistakes that people are never quite what they seem. Best of all, he was educated at Oxford and loves classic literature, especially cozy mystery. Plus, as Madeline says, he always smells like freshly laundered linen, new books and tea and honey What’s not to love?

I love the "classic" feel of this entire concept. 

What special effort do you want to make in 2018 to improve your writing?

I’m determined to find a way to plot my stories more quickly. James Scott Bell has a wonderful book called Write Your Novel From the Middle which has an extremely useful fourteen-point list to ensure you have good structure. I highly recommend it, but I want to read more of his craft books (and those written by others) to help me get done faster.

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

I just finished The Talisman Ring by Georgette Heyer. Heyer was without question the queen of Regency romance back in the 1930s and ’40s, and her stories (with a few exceptions) are clean, humorous and so romantic! The Talisman Ring is one of my many favorites of hers, and any fan of Regency romance just has to get the three Georgette Heyer audio books that Richard Armitage has narrated: Sylvester, The Convenient Marriage, and Venetia. Swoon!

You're inspiring me to dive back into Regency reading! Thanks for those suggestions.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on a book for Guideposts’ Mysteries of Martha’s Vineyard series (under the name DeAnna Julie Dodson), Water Flows Uphill. The main character, Priscilla, has concerns about the stranger who has quite suddenly declared his love for her cousin Joan. Is he sincere or just using her to cover up something illegal? It’s a fun contemporary cozy mystery.

Where else can readers find you online?

On the web: www.juliannadeering.com
www.deannajuliedodson.com
On Facebook: AuthorJuliannaDeering and
julie.dodson
On Twitter: @DeAnnaJulDodson
On Goodreads: Julianna_Deering

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

I would ask them “What kind of book would you like to read that nobody seems to be publishing right now, at least in Christian circles?”

Thank you, DeAnna, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your book. Readers, DeAnna has offered to give away a signed copy of her novel. To enter, leave a comment and your email below in answer to DeAnna'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.

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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