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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 Inspirational novelists, their latest books, and their words of wisdom and imagination. Enjoy!

Monday, November 5, 2018

Trish Perry E-Book Give-Away!

Christmas is coming a bit early this year. The season factors into my latest release, A Midnight Clear, and I'm going to give away a copy to one of my commenters or subscribers. 

And while I'm at it, I'll give away a copy of my previous two releases, Together by Design and Local Girl.

But first I want to announce that the winner of the free e-copy of the issue-driven romance novel, A Kite on the Wind, by Patricia Lee, 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 learn about new releases! U.S. subscribers are entered in the drawings a second time when they comment.

And now here's just a short blurb about each of the books I'm going to give away next week.


A Midnight Clear: When she attends a Washington, D.C. dinner party thrown by friends far wealthier than she, writer Maddie Travers is distracted by internal debates. Should she move back to D.C.? Should she seek work she might find more fulfilling? She meets the appealing “regular guy,” Dom Sebastiani, at the party and consequently wonders whether she’s ready to seek romance again. So many decisions! At the stroke of midnight, a shocking turn of events sets Maddie on a path that holds at least as many questions for her as it does answers.

This book is available for purchase here: A Midnight Clear




Together by Design: 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?

This book is available for purchase here: Together by Design




Local Girl: Entrepreneur Edie Keegan achieves ever-growing acclaim for her popular Local Girl perfume. Her romantic life hasn’t been quite as successful, but that’s fine with her. As she insists to her matchmaking friend, Sara-Penny Butler, she’s not in the market for love. But Sara-Penny knows better, and she understands Edie and her painful past more than Edie realizes.

When Ben Walsh, the town veterinarian, turns Edie’s head, she questions whether love is worth the risk of getting hurt, whether Ben is the man for her (despite her cat allergies), and whether Sara-Penny is ever going to mind her own business.

This book is available for purchase here: Local Girl



I'll give one copy of each book away next week to a subscriber or a commenter who answers the following question: 

Thanksgiving is only a little more than two weeks away. My family is doing Thanksgiving out, at a restaurant, this year. I'm thankful I'm not cooking or cleaning up afterward, but I'm especially thankful to be geographically close to my kids and grandkids, if not my siblings. What are you thankful for, this year in particular?


The drawing is done by email, so leave your email address, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.



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

Monday, October 29, 2018

Patricia Lee and Free Books!

Betrayed by love the first time around, can Claire Simpson trust her heart to find love again?

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the free e-copy of the women's fiction/romance novel, Dancing in the Rain, by Jennifer Slattery, 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 learn about new releases! U.S. subscribers are entered in the drawings a second time when they comment.

And now let's meet novelist Patricia Lee, author of the issue-driven romance, A Kite on the Wind (Mountain Brook Ink, October 2018).

Patricia Lee is a published author, having written since she first learned what words could do at the age of six. She holds a BA in journalism from the University of Oregon. Articles to her credit have appeared in Moody Monthly, Power for Living, Expecting and Focus on the Family’s Clubhouse as well as in two anthologies— Cup of Comfort Bible Promises and In the Company of Angels.

Her first three-book series, Mended Hearts, includes An Anchor on Her Heart (July 2017) Love Calls Her Home (March 2018) and A Kite on the Wind (October 2018), published by Mountain Brook Ink. Patricia is a member of the Oregon Christian Writers and of American Christian Fiction Writers.

She and her husband have two adult children and live in the Pacific Northwest with one sleepy cat.

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

I enjoy growing dahlias. My husband and I share a mutual interest in the flowers. He does the heavy lifting and I care for the blooms. One summer we had more than thirty varieties and colors in our garden.

Oh, I can't imagine how lovely that must have been!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of A Kite on the Wind.

Left waiting at the altar, Claire Simpson has buried her past and moved on, carving out a life for herself as a teacher on the Oregon coast. When her former fiancé appears, he threatens to unravel the peaceful independence she has worked so hard to achieve after their relationship failed. While she believes she has forgiven him, she finds forgetting what he did to be a much more difficult task.

Montgomery Chandler has moved to NOAA headquarters in Newport, Oregon to make new, happier memories for his children after his wife died of a lingering illness. Their home in Seattle held nothing but the whispers of their earlier lives. Starting over will help all of them heal, but Monty is resolved not to risk love again.

When the handsome widower enrolls his hurting children at the school where Claire teaches, her determination to remain uninvolved vanishes at the whim of a snowstorm. This family needs her expertise. Can she help them without losing her heart?

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

Claire’s heart has been broken by a man she trusted to love her. Finding the ability to love again will take time and an understanding love interest.

Write one sentence for us that tells us something about Claire and Montgomery as a children.

Claire and her sister Angela developed a close relationship growing up—playing together and taking their dolls to town, imagining themselves as future mothers.

Montgomery Chandler grew up on the waterways of Seattle, learning to sail and developing a fondness for the ocean and all it has to offer.

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

I read Christina Suzann Nelson’s new release, If We Make It Home. This story will keep readers at the edge of their seats as they follow the three female characters on their journey through the Oregon Cascades.

What are you working on now?

I’ve always wanted to tell the story of my great-great grandfather’s journey crossing the plains on horseback and settling on a 640 acre donation land claim in 1847. I grew up on part of that original land claim and I heard stories of him throughout my childhood. The real story was that of his betrothed waiting four years for him to return to Athens, Iowa and take her to Oregon with him. I’ve chosen to write the story as a time slip novel with a protagonist in this century uncovering the history left in an abandoned house. My imagination has had fun picturing my great-great grandmother and the challenges she faced waiting for her fiancé to return.

That could be a truly exciting story! 

Where else can readers find you online?

My website: www.authorpatricialee.net
Twitter
Facebook

The book can be purchased online via the following button:



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

What do you look for in a heroine—strength, determination, or someone who doesn’t have all the answers and needs to grow?

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

Monday, October 22, 2018

Jennifer Slattery and Free Books!

Two lives collide at a close-knit North Carolina camp—a woman trying to regain the independence her loss of sight stole and the man responsible for her blindness. Together they must learn that love and forgiveness truly can conquer all.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the free e-copy of the cozy crime novel, Murder by Suggestion, by Veronica Heley, 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 learn about new releases! U.S. subscribers are entered in the drawings a second time when they comment.

And now let's revisit with novelist Jennifer Slattery, author of the women's fiction/romance novel, Dancing in the Rain (Independent, June 2018).

Jennifer Slattery is a writer and international speaker who’s addressed women’s groups, church groups, Bible studies, and other writers across the nation. She’s the author of six contemporary novels, maintains two devotional blogs, on at JenniferSlatteryLivesOutLoud and the other on Crosswalk.

She has a passion for helping women discover, embrace, and live out who they are in Christ. As the founder of Wholly Loved Ministries, she and her team partner with churches to facilitate events designed to help women rest in their true worth and live with maximum impact.

When not writing, reading, or editing, Jennifer loves going on mall dates with her adult daughter and coffee dates with her hilariously fun husband.

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

I can be overly, unrealistically empathetic and as such have a need to rescue every worm I see while on walks with my husband or our adult daughter. She teases me about this and reminds me worms don’t have brains and therefore can’t feel pain. I know this intellectually, but I still need to save the poor wiggling creatures before they shrivel up and die.

Your empathy probably comes in very handy in your role as an author! But maybe refrain from  using worms as characters...

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Dancing in the Rain.

Loni Parker, blind since aged fifteen, struggles to find employment. To reduce her stress and frustration, she joins her college roommate for a week at Camp Hope in the gorgeous North Carolina mountains.

She doesn’t realize, Michael Ackerman, the director, is an ex-con responsible for the accident that caused her blindness.

He recognizes Loni instantly and wants to avoid her at all costs. Yet, despite the guilt pushing him from her, a growing attraction draws him to the determined woman. She sees more with her heart than the average person does with his eyes. But her presence also dredges up a long-buried anger toward his alcoholic father that he’d just as soon keep hidden.

When circumstances spin out of control, Michael is forced to face a past that may destroy his present, and Loni is forced to wrestle with emotions she thought she’d long since overcome.

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

Michael’s rough past stirs him to help at risk kids and helps him see past other people’s behavior to their hearts beneath. His life is drastically changed when, while incarcerated, a now-friend tells him about the hope of Jesus. He has passion and love for His Savior, for kids, and for others.

Write one sentence for us that tells us something about Michael and Loni as children.

Michael grew up feeling unloved and unsafe whereas Loni only knew love and safety. Both of their pasts drastically affect their adult motivation and desires.

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

Can I share one I edited? I just edited Lindsey Bracket’s sophomore novel. I’m not sure the title’s been set yet, but it follows her debut, Still Waters. It’s a powerful story of forgiveness, restoration, and second chances. It’s truly one of the better books I’ve read in some time. Other than that, I’ve been reading a lot of nonfiction.

What are you working on now?

I haven’t officially signed on the dotted line yet, but by the time this goes live, I will have turned in revisions for … a hero romance novel. I’ll make sure to share more details once everything’s written in ink. I’m also working on a 7-week Bible study based on the life of Sarai/Sarah (Abraham’s wife) and learning to rest deeply in our identity in Christ. The study will have 7 video recorded segments, group discussion guides, and personal study lessons.

Where else can readers find you online?

You can find me on my website, on Crosswalk, at Wholly Loved Ministries, on Facebook, Twitter, or … pretty much everywhere cyber-space related it seems. Haha! I love connected with other book addicts, so please feel free to friend me or contact me through my website.

The book can be purchased online via the following button:



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

Have you ever gone to a church or family camp? What about camping period? If so, what did you enjoy most? Any funny stories to share? If you haven’t gone camping, what is the one camping-related activity you’ve always found appealing?

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

Monday, October 15, 2018

Veronica Heley and Free Books!

Some bored wives play a game of Murder, leading to a husband dying in the way one of the women had suggested . . . and in consequence they’re all thrown out of house and home!

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the free e-copy of the spec-fiction novel, The Awakened, by Richard Spillman, 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 learn about new releases! U.S. subscribers are entered in the drawings a second time when they comment.

And now let's revisit with novelist Veronica Heley, author of Murder by Suggestion (Severn House, June 2018), a story of "crime in the community – with a light touch."

Veronica Heley celebrated the publication of this, her 81st book, in June 2018. She is currently writing two gentle crime series, the Ellie Quicke Mysteries and the Abbot Agency stories, and every now and then contributes a short story about some retired friends to the Methodist Recorder.

She tries but doesn’t always succeed in keeping up with the newest technology, even with help from her friends. She is active in her local church and community affairs, likes to break off work for coffee with friends, and gardens when she can.

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

I play Patience with real cards whenever I get stuck in my stories.

Despite having had a British mum, I had to look up that card game, Veronica! It looks like Patience is the same as our Solitaire. I've become somewhat addicted to the electronic version of the game on my phone. I play a few hands every night before I go to bed.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Murder by Suggestion.

Ellie Quicke is shocked when her daughter, Diana, turns up at her door with suitcases in tow. Bunny Brewster has died of an overdose and Diana’s husband, Evan, is convinced that she is responsible for his friend’s death. It seems that Diana and four other neglected, bored wives of Evan’s friends recently joked about ways to kill their husbands. Diana’s suggested method of murder involved muddling up pills – could this be how Bunny died, or was it just a tragic accident?

Chaos rules when the rest of the wives descend on Ellie, but a further distressing development confirms Ellie’s instinct that there’s more to this than meets the eye. With the safety of her nearest and dearest at risk, can Ellie work out who is responsible, and why?

I know we've featured Ellie here many times, but what would you say it is about Ellie that makes your readers care about her?

Ellie cares about people. She has no great opinion of herself, but has the knack of drawing others out.

Write one sentence for us that tells us something about Ellie as a child. 

She was taught as a child that a woman’s place was in the home and her job in life was to look after her family.

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

I love Anne Tyler’s books, and the latest, Clock Dance, is no exception. It is beautifully written. It is not about anyone globally important, it thumps no tubs, but it enters into the life of a woman who has been given a second chance at having a useful life . . . and may or may not be able to take it. We understand the heroine completely, and identify with her. It is delightful, and sad, and glad . . . and I look forward to Tyler’s next book.

I couldn't agree more with you about Tyler's writing in general, Veronica. I've loved every book of hers that I've read. They're never about anyone who is, as you say, globally important, but they're always so realistic and intriguing, which is the reason I think many of us identify with her heroines.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on another Ellie Quicke story, called Murder for Good. Also I have to think up another short story about my retired friends for Christmas.

Where else can readers find you online?

My website is www.veronicaheley.com

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What question would you like to ask my readers?

The story I’m working on now is the twentieth featuring Ellie Quicke. Should she not be thinking of retirement?

Thank you, Veronica, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your book. Readers, Veronica has offered to give away free 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 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

Monday, October 8, 2018

Richard Spillman and Free Books!

Everyone dies once, but what if a chosen few were raised from the dead?

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the free e-copy of the contemporary romance, Love in Pictures, by Alexis Goring, 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 learn about new releases! U.S. subscribers are entered in the drawings a second time when they comment.

And now let's chat with novelist Richard Spillman, author of the spec-fiction novel, The Awakened (Mountain Brook Ink, October 1).

Dr. Richard Spillman founded the Kingdom is Near Ministries (KIN). Through KIN he has supported an orphanage in Uganda as well as a church/school for kids from conflict zones in the Philippines. He has small teams on short-term missions into slums and jungles around the world. He has also taught in DTS for YWAM in Mali, South Korea, India, and the Philippines.

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

I was trafficked by my mother to my uncle and his pedophile ring. It was a deep dark secret most of my life but now God uses my experience to minister to abused children.

Wow. God bless you, Richard, for turning such a horrible experience into a way to minister to children.

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

Two thousand years ago Jesus resurrected his friend, Lazarus, who founded a secret organization: SOAR. Since then Jesus has added to the resurrected—The Awakened—to aid Lazarus in SOAR's battle against Satan's slaves, the UnVeilers. The threat is escalating. The UnVeilers have stepped up their attacks on mankind through a charming leader and a devastating series of bombings in Dubai and Tel Aviv.

But the invasion doesn't stop with international terrorism. The UnVeilers are searching for a secret that Jesus embedded in Lazarus’ journal that not even Lazarus knows—and it will determine the fate of mankind. After a failed cyber-attack against SOAR's computers, Lazarus and his team of experts must find the secret before the UnVeilers do. What clue is he overlooking that could turn the tide of this ageless conflict?

The souls fighting with Lazarus are weary, but the war against evil is far from won. Can Lazarus and his team set aside their longing for heaven and put a stop to these satanic attacks before it's too late?

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

The last novel (actually two novels) I read was The Evaporation of Sofi Snow/Reclaiming Shilo Snow, by Mary Weber. This two book series is a science fiction adventure with a heart. It’s underlying message about child slavery spoke to me.

What are you working on now?

The second book in this trilogy, called The Ascension.

Where else can readers find you online?

My web page is spillmanauthor.com
Bit.ly/spillmanauthor has the links to my facebook/twitter/Instagram accounts.

The book can be purchased online via the following button:



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

What do you look for in a book that is labeled Christian fiction? Is it enough that it be clean (in language and situations)? Or the main character must be Christian? Or something more?

Thank you, Richard, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your book. Readers, Richard has offered to give away free e-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 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

Monday, October 1, 2018

Alexis Goring and Free Books!

She makes a living capturing couple’s romantic love in pictures but her own romance has yet to happen…until she meets the one man who she simply cannot forget.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of the time-slip novel, Hidden Among the Stars, by Melanie Dobson, is:

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

And now let's chat with novelist Alexis Goring, author of the contemporary romance, Love in Pictures (Forget Me Not Romances, June 2018).

Alexis A. Goring is a passionate writer with a degree in Print Journalism and an MFA in Creative Writing. She loves the art of storytelling and hopes that her stories will connect readers with the enduring, forever love of Jesus Christ.

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

I don’t like to talk when I’m eating food.

That almost sounds like the result of a parent's successful guidance about good mealtime manners. But I imagine you mean you prefer not talking during the entire mealtime. I definitely get that. I enjoy mealtime conversation when I'm dining with someone else, but sometimes it's nice to have a quiet meal alone, especially with a good book or a compelling film on TV.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Love in Pictures.

Michelle Hadley is a wedding photographer based in Annapolis, Maryland. She is a pro at capturing couple’s romantic love in pictures but an amateur when it comes to finding romance in her personal life.

Logan Emerson is an award-winning print journalist who dreams of greater success as a broadcast journalist but his personal challenge presents what looks like insurmountable roadblocks on the path to making his dreams come true.

Michelle doesn’t date often and Logan is recovering from a broken heart but something about Michelle awakens his desire to love again.

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

Michelle's beautiful personality and passion for promoting diversity for all people in her career field will make my readers care about her in this story.

Write a sentence for us that tells us something about Michelle as a child, and please do the same about Logan.

Michelle loved to take pictures of her grade school friends with a little point and shoot camera that her parents bought for her as a Christmas gift when she was a child.

Since his childhood, Logan loved to entertain his parents at dinnertime by pretending that he was anchoring the evening news—from their kitchen table!

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

The Love Letter, by Rachel Hauck and yes, I would recommend it because it was a beautiful story.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on book number four which is about a formerly fat pastry chef who is now considered “one fine brother” by all the ladies. But his heart is set on the one girl who he loved from afar in high school but was too shy to ask out on a date. What he does not know is that she grew up to be a food writer and her magazine office is located down the block from his bakery.

Where else can readers find you online?

Facebook
Twitter
Website
Pinterest
Goodreads
“God is Love” blog

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

Why do you like to read books?

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

Monday, September 24, 2018

Melanie Dobson and Free Books!

Hidden Among the Stars is a time-slip mystery about a young Austrian man and woman who hide heirlooms for their Jewish friends and a bookstore owner almost eighty years later who finds a cryptic list about this missing treasure.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the free e-copy of the Inspirational Romance novel, The Call of Indian Summer, by Linda Hannah and Deborah Dulworth, 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 learn about new releases! U.S. subscribers are entered in the drawings a second time when they comment.

And now let's chat with novelist Melanie Dobson, author of the time-slip novel, Hidden Among the Stars (Tyndale House Publishers, September 2018).

Writing fiction is Melanie Dobson’s excuse to explore abandoned houses, travel to unique places, and spend hours reading old books and journals. The award-winning author of almost twenty books, Melanie enjoys stitching together both time-slip and historical novels including Hidden Among the Stars, Catching the Wind, and Chateau of Secrets.

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

Dancing makes me happy! Every week, my daughters and I attend at least one dance class at the YMCA. Not only is it great exercise, it sparks a whole slew of ideas in my mind.

What a wonderful idea! I love the concept of such a creative way to exercise.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of your novel.

In 1938, as Hitler’s troops sweep into Vienna, Austrian Max Dornbach promises to help his Jewish friends hide their most valuable possessions from the Nazis, smuggling them to his family’s summer estate near the picturesque village of Hallstatt. He enlists the help of Annika Knopf, his childhood friend and the caretaker’s daughter, who is eager to help the man she’s loved her entire life.

But when Max also brings Luzia Weiss, a young Jewish woman, to hide at the castle, it complicates Annika’s feelings and puts their entire plan―even their very lives―in jeopardy.

Eighty years later, Callie Randall is content with her quiet life, running a bookstore with her sister in Ohio and reaching out into the world through her blog. Then she finds a cryptic list in an old edition of Bambi that connects her to Annika’s story . . . and maybe to the long-buried story of a dear friend. As she digs into the past, Callie must risk venturing outside the safe world she’s built for a chance at answers, adventure, and maybe even love.

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

Annika Knopf lost her mother when she was young and has taken over the housekeeper role at Schloss Schwansee (Castle of Swan Lake). She’s loved Max Dornbach, the son of the estate owner, since she was a girl, and she will do almost anything to help him. When Max brings home Luzia Weiss, a Jewish violinist from Vienna, Annika must decide whether or not to help this woman that Max adores.

Those triangles! So intriguing.

How do you restart the creative flow when you feel a block coming on?

Usually I push myself to write through the walls standing in my way. The words may not flow well at first, but the best way for me to overcome the affliction of writer’s block is to put something—anything—on paper. When the words begin to flow again, I’ll go back and edit my initial work.

As difficult as that can be, I've done that before and actually found in reviewing my work, I wasn't able to see where the block was. 

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

I really enjoyed reading Charles Martin’s novel Long Way Gone. It’s a beautifully written story about a prodigal son who runs far away and then slowly begins to find his way back home.

What are you working on now?

I recently returned from the Netherlands and am finishing up a time-slip novel based on an incredible rescue mission that happened in Amsterdam during World War II. The heart of this story is about forgiveness, and I hope it will capture again the power of seemingly ordinary people doing extraordinary things to fight evil and rescue those in need.

Where else can readers find you online?

The best places are on Facebook and @MelBDobson on Twitter.

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

I’d love to know: Where in Europe would you enjoy visiting on the pages of a novel?

Thanks so much, Trish!

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

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Monday, September 17, 2018

Linda Hannah, Deborah Dulworth, and Free Books!

Widowed Sue North is determined to avoid any hint of romance, but to her chagrin, two very different men begin to challenge her resolve.

Before we meet today's authors, I want to announce that the winner of the free e-copy of the Southern Historical Romance novel, Magnolia Summer, by Melanie Dickerson, is:

bmrawlins@...

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

And now let's meet novelists Linda Hannah and Deborah Dulworth, authors of the Inspirational Romance, The Call of Indian Summer (Mountain Brook Ink, September 2018).













In addition to their four novels, co-authors, Linda Hanna (left) and Deborah Dulworth (right) have jointly and individually written magazine articles and devotionals. They feel called to share uplifting messages of faith, family, and love within the framework of lighthearted novels. In addition to entertaining through these stories, they hope to inspire and encourage readers on their own spiritual journey.

Linda and Debbie are well-known for their humor, word play, and unpredictable plot twists. The two always find themselves writing poems, song parodies, and stories with funny scenarios and eccentric characters.

Even though the past several years have taken some unexpected turns, they cling unswerving to their faith - and God continues to bless as He works in their lives.

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

Linda: One of my childhood friends grew up to be a serial killer.

Deb: We adopted our son from the Philippines.

Oh, my goodness, Linda, that's horrible! That's so shocking. And Deb, yours is wonderful. 

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of The Call of Indian Summer.

Recently widowed Sue North leaves her Vermont home to help her daughter and son-in-law care for orphans near Apache Pointe, Arizona. The last thing Sue wants in her peaceful new life is to catch the eye of another man. But, in one jaw-dropping moment, suave attorney, Brian Campton, saunters into her path. After dealing with her husband’s abuse, can she find the courage or desire to begin a relationship with someone as serious-minded as Brian?

Meanwhile, Stuart Drake, the handsome survivor of a loveless marriage, is on the lam from the dogged church ladies keen on his availability. He chooses the tuck-tail-and-run method to guard his battered soul, while yearning for affection he’s never known. Has finding the joy of a shared love eluded him? Enter Sue North. Stuart finds himself tripping over his heart. She’s beautiful, vibrant, and too young. The age gap haunts him. Can he compete with the flirtatious lawyer’s money and sophistication?

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

Even though she’s made wrong decisions in the past, Sue North is a survivor and strives to make better choices in her new life. She’s a devoted mother and friend. Readers have told us her humble nature and wit are endearing.

How do you restart the creative flow when you feel a block coming on?

We find that praying for guidance and taking a break from work to read a similar genre gets us back on track.

Good point. Sometimes stepping away from the thoughts will free up that censor.

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

We recently critiqued Rifle by the Door by Dan Fuller, soon to be published by Lighthouse of the Carolinas. Fuller uses great word pictures and the storyline draws you into the drama.

What are you working on now?

Updates on our future projects are under wraps right now... But please follow our blog for any announcements!

Where else can readers find you online?

Facebook
dulworthandhanna.wordpress.com
Pinterest (Linda)
Pinterest (Deborah)
Linda's Amazon page
Deborah's Amazon page

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

Do you prefer contemporary or historic romance?

Thank you, Linda and Deborah, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your book. Readers, Linda and Deborah have offered to give away an e-copy of their novel. To enter, leave a comment and your email below in answer to Linda and Deborah'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

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Monday, September 10, 2018

Melanie Dickerson and Free Books!

Magnolia Summer is a story of love, heroism, and secrets so dangerous they could change this sleepy Southern town forever.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the free e-copy of the Christmas cozy mystery novel, A Caffeine Conundrum, by Angela Ruth Strong, is:

Myersalicem@...

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 meet novelist Melanie Dickerson, author of the Southern Historical Romance, Magnolia Summer (September 2018).

Melanie Dickerson is the New York Times bestselling author who writes Inspirational Historical Romance and Inspirational YA, including Regency Romance and Fairy Tale Retellings. And now she’s drawn upon her Southern heritage growing up in Alabama with her new book, Magnolia Summer.

She is a Christy Award winner, a two-time Maggie Award winner, and winner of The National Reader's Choice Award and the Carol Award in Young Adult fiction. She earned her bachelor's degree in special education from The University of Alabama and has taught children with special needs in Georgia and Tennessee, and English to adults in Germany and Ukraine.

Now she spends her time writing stories of love and adventure near Huntsville, Alabama.

Wow, not only prolific, but quite an award winner, as well. 

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

I once killed a rattlesnake with a stick because my puppy was wandering up to it.

Brought out the mama bear in you, eh? It's amazing how that instinct kicks in when we have someone or something innocent to protect.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Magnolia Summer.

Truett Beverly’s hometown needed a doctor, so after finishing medical school, he returned to Bethel Springs, Alabama. Fighting a secret war with a corrupt lawman wasn’t in his plans, but Sheriff Suggs thinks he’s above the law and can lynch anyone who crosses him. When Suggs threatens his childhood friend, Truett dons a cape and hood and becomes the Hooded Horseman—becoming Sheriff Suggs’s enemy in the process.

Celia Wilcox arrives in Bethel Springs in June of 1880. She’s come from Nashville to help her sister care for their younger siblings. She must return to Nashville if she ever hopes to fulfill her dream of opening her own dress shop. Her attraction to Dr. Beverly terrifies her.

Celia catches Truett’s eye, and he finds himself wanting to impress her. But she flatly refuses to flirt with him or to fall for his—if he does say so himself—considerable charm. What will happen when Sheriff Suggs discovers Truett is the Hooded Horseman? Will Celia be able to prevent the sheriff from carrying out one last lynching?

What is it about Celia and Truett that will make your readers care about them?

Celia gave up her dream, perhaps forever, to help her family. And Truett risks his life to save people from the corrupt sheriff, and he takes care of Celia’s family when their father dies.

How do you restart the creative flow when you feel a block coming on?

It depends on what’s causing the block. When I’m just distracted by being at home, I go write at a coffee shop. When I don’t know what’s supposed to happen next in my story, I brainstorm, either by plotting in my head, or by talking out the story with a friend or one of my daughters.

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

One of the last novels I read was The Lacemaker by Laura Frantz. I recommend it because it is a thoughtful, well-written romance with authentic historical details. Go read it!

What are you working on now?

I’m writing a Pied Piper of Hamlin fairy tale retelling, which will be the 10th book in my Hagenheim/Fairy Tale Romance series.

Where else can readers find you online?

My website is www.melaniedickerwson.com. I’m on Facebook and Instagram and you can follow me on Amazon or BookBub .

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

What makes you recommend a book to a friend?

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

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Monday, September 3, 2018

Angela Ruth Strong and Free Books!

A prissy tea drinker and sassy coffee connoisseur fight over the perfect location for their new beverage business until the current owner is murdered and they must join forces to prove their innocence.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of the inspirational romantic suspense novel, Camp Hope, by Sara Foust, is:

smincer10@...

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 meet novelist Angela Ruth Strong, author of the Christmas cozy mystery, A Caffeine Conundrum, from the series, The CafFUNated Mysteries (Mountain Brook Ink, September 2018).

Angela Ruth Strong (pictured here with her own personal Santa) studied journalism at the University of Oregon and published her first novel, Love Finds You in Sun Valley, Idaho, in 2010. With movie producers interested in her book, she's rereleased it as part of a new series titled Resort to Love. She's also written for Love Inspired Suspense and is excited to combine her enjoyment of a good mystery with the quirky style of her romance novels in the new CafFUNated Mystery Series.

This Idaho Top Author and Cascade Award winner started IDAhope Writers to encourage other aspiring authors. She currently lives in Idaho with her husband and teenagers where she teaches yoga and works as a ticket agent for an airline when not writing.

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

I once won a television and Xbox in a hamster ball race where I was the hamster.

Not bad for a day's work!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of A Caffeine Conundrum.

Sassy city girl Tandy Brandt moves to the small town of Grace Springs to start a coffee shop, never imagining she'll be competing with local beauty queen Marissa Alexander and her dreams of running a tea house. Unfortunately, the current store owner dies before selling the location to either of them, and they both become murder suspects.

The unlikely pair team up in an attempt to discover the real killer, though with the secrets in Tandy's past and Marissa's infamous clumsiness they could be their own worst enemies. Despite their differences, they follow clues to question a sweet, apple pie baking antique store owner, a GQ Santa in the retirement center, and a hipster millionaire with no social skills. Will they be able to figure out whodunit and prove their innocence before one of them goes to jail...or worse?

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

Tandy was abandoned by her mom and tries to act tough and independent though you see her soft side with her love of dogs. Marissa was raised by controlling parents and often embarrasses herself when trying to prove her worth.

What will make the readers care about them is their relationship in how they balance each other out even while trying to push each other over the edge.

How do you restart the creative flow when you feel a block coming on?

I put myself in my character’s shoes. My worst block came when writing Finding Love in Big Sky, and I realized it was because I know nothing about horses. I called my friend who owns a farm and asked if I could visit. That was just the inspiration I needed. So when I got blocked in A Caffeine Conundrum when writing the scene on the riverboat, I tried to get my husband to spend the weekend driving to Portland to go on a riverboat cruise. As supportive he is, he also has to keep me grounded. I visited riverboats on Youtube instead.

Can't say I blame you for wanting to try the actual riverboat. Sounds fun. I'm always impressed with my writer friends who go overseas to research (usually for historical novels). I'm not the globetrotter they are.

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

I really enjoyed Kara Isaac’s Then There Was You. So fun, so full of chemistry, a powerful message, and it had a great ending. Those are my main requirements of a good read. But don’t just take my word for it. Kara won a Rita for the novel, and it’s been nominated for many other awards.

What are you working on now?

The next book in the series is A Cuppa Trouble. There will be four books, all set during holidays. This one is set during Valentine’s, and the mystery involves car thieves. So expect some love connections and high-speed chases.

Where else can readers find you online?

My website is www.angelaruthstrong.com where you can sign up for my newsletter to be the first to see cover reveals and enter contests. I also enjoy hanging out on Facebook where readers give me feedback on ideas or suggest names for characters. Join at Facebook

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

Which do you prefer—coffee or tea? And why?

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

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Monday, August 27, 2018

Sara Foust and Free Books!

Facing dehydration, starvation, and a convoluted kidnapper, will Amy succeed in recovering her precious foster daughter or get lost in a vast wilderness forever?

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the free e-copy of my new comedic romance, A Midnight Clear, is:

lemonade050@...

Congratulations! I'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 meet novelist Sara L. Foust, author of the inspirational romantic suspense novel, Camp Hope (Mantle Rock Publishing, July 2018).

Sara is a multi-published, award-winning author who writes inspirational romantic suspense from a mini-farm in East Tennessee, where she lives with her husband and their five homeschooled children. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from the University of Tennessee and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers.

Her debut novel Callum's Compass won second place in Deep River Books' 2017 Writer's Contest. She also has a story, “Leap of Faith,” in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Step Outside Your Comfort Zone.

Sara finds inspiration in her faith, her family, and the beauty of nature. When she isn’t writing, you can find her reading, camping, and spending time outdoors with her family.

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

I love pirate history, pirate stories, pirate movies . . . pretty much anything pirate.

So do I! 

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Camp Hope.

Amy Dawson directs a summer camp for foster children near Briceville, Tennessee. A foster mom for the first time, her responsibilities as mother to a traumatized child bring a whole new set of challenges and joys.

But when Amy’s four-year-old foster daughter is dragged into the mountains of Royal Blue by a former employee, parenting challenges are overshadowed by a new nightmare. The Sheriff's department fails to procure viable leads, and Amy can’t sit idle. Her childhood friend and first love, Jack Evans, returns to lend his skills as tracker. Problem is, he also stirs up romantic memories Amy would rather leave buried.

Jack struggles to let go of his past failures and prove his reliability by bringing Mattie home, but fears when he left camp nineteen years ago and failed to keep a promise to Amy, he permanently lost her confidence.

As Amy plunges into the wilderness on horseback to search for Mattie, she must decide who she trusts, let go of her childhood traumas, and learn to rely on hope in God. Facing dehydration, starvation, and a convoluted kidnapper, will she succeed in recovering her precious foster daughter or get lost in the vast wilderness forever?

Exciting subject matter! 

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

I think readers will care about Amy because she is real. She is not perfect and has a scarred past, with a childhood filled with abuse, that has led her to a point where she doesn’t believe God cares about her. She is relatable in that we have all struggled at a time in our lives, and I believe readers will root for her to succeed, to heal, and most of all, to rediscover God.

Who is one of your favorite fictional characters?

Does Indiana Jones count? I love, love, love his resourceful, imperfect, and adventurous character, flaws and all.

Yes, he certainly does count. I remember seeing the first Indie film and thinking he was such a great modern twist on an old-fashioned hero. Great character.

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

The last novel I read was Red Carpet Summer by Melissa Ferguson. She is a new author and this is actually the freebie novel she is giving away if people sign up for her newsletter. But I absolutely loved the story. I immediately cared about what happened to her main heroine, Addie, and the plot was very interesting.

What are you working on now?

My third novel in the Love, Hope, and Faith Series, Rarity Mountain, is with my beta reader now. Once she finishes, I will be using her suggestions to finish tweaking it and then be sending it off to Mantle Rock. I am also writing a new novella, my first dip into the Women’s Fiction genre, called Of Walls, about a woman who goes on a mission trip across the world hoping to save her marriage.

That's one thing I love about the upsurge in independent publishing, the ability to publish in other genres. I hope you enjoy the Of Walls experience.

Where else can readers find you online?

• Website: www.saralfoust.com
Newsletter sign-up
• Email: sfoust25@hotmail.com
Facebook
Twitter
Pinterest
Google+
Amazon:

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

When you discover a new author, what makes you interested in reading their books?

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

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