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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!

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

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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


Monday, March 5, 2018

Susan Sleeman and Free Books!

Some fears haunt forever…until they become reality. Will FBI Agent Rick Cannon stop his greatest fear of seeing a self-steering bullet fall into the hands of the wrong people?

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of The Man He Never Was, by James L. Rubart, is:

pollardartistry@...

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 Susan Sleeman, author of the romantic suspence novel, Kill Shot (Hachette/FaithWords, February 2018).

Susan Sleeman is a bestselling and award-winning author of more than thirty inspirational and clean read romantic suspense books. Readers love her romantic suspense series for the well-drawn characters and edge-of-your-seat action.

She graduated from the FBI and local police citizen academies, so her research is spot-on and her characters are real.

In addition to writing, Susan also hosts thesuspensezone.com. She has lived in nine states but now calls Oregon home. Her husband is a retired church music director, and they have two beautiful daughters, a very special son-in-law, and an adorable grandson.

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

Oh, this is a really big change in my life. Everyone who knows me knows I’m a computer nerd and was an avid Windows user. In fact, I have had a MacBook for two years, which I bought for the quality of the machine. But…but, I ran Windows on the Mac. What few people know is that I just quit using Windows and have embraced the Mac operating system. Yes, you can teach old dogs new tricks. LOL

As an old dog, myself, I can tell you you'll never go back! I love my Mac. 

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Kill Shot.


As the ballistics and weapon's expert for the FBI's special task force nicknamed the White Knights, Rick Cannon has known the Department of Defense was developing self-steering bullets. Rick feared these smart bullets--which have one hundred percent accuracy that can turn even a novice into a lethal sniper--would eventually end up in the hands of the wrong people. But since the ammunition was still in the development stage, he figured they had plenty of time before that happened. He was wrong. Dead wrong.

When a homeless vet is killed with a smart bullet, it's clear that the ammunition has been stolen, and the Knights are called in to find the thief and stop the killings. But they aren't the only ones desperate to find the killer. Therapist Olivia Dobbs is well known for her success in counseling military veterans with PTSD. When she discovers one of her clients moments after he is murdered, she becomes both the FBI's prime witness, and suspect.

Despite the mutual attraction that immediately sparks between them, Rick can't--no he won't--let Olivia interfere with his investigation. But when the sniper trains his rifle on her, Rick must recall all the skills he learned as a Marine sniper to make sure the next bullet fired isn't a kill shot that takes Olivia out.

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

Olivia, my female lead in Kill Shot is a counselor who works with PTSD sufferers. She is compassionate, empathetic, and yet, at the same time she’s a very strong woman. Readers will see her heart for helping others, and they will see her help the book’s hero, Rick come to grips with his past struggles. And they will also see that, although she is a counselor, she doesn’t have her own life together, which makes her more relatable.

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

I have learned that I can be very self-directed and self-motivated. I don’t need a supervisor to keep me working, I can do that for myself as my love for writing keeps me creating books.

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

I read Lynette Eason’s Chasing Secrets. I recommend it because she writes wonderful romantic suspense books with interesting plots and great characters.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on two series right now. One is called McKade Law and is published by Love Inspired Suspense. This focuses on a family of law enforcement officers in Texas and the next book, Rodeo Standoff releases in May.

The other project I am working on is a series called Cold Harbor. This is an indie published series that has been really well received by readers. I just finished book three, Cold Fury and it will release in March. I am currently plotting book four, Cold Case. This series features, Blackwell Tactical – a law enforcement training, investigative and protection services agency made up of former military and law enforcement heroes whose injuries keep them from the line of duty. When trouble strikes, there’s no better team to have on your side, and they would give everything, even their lives, to protect innocents.

Where else can readers find you online?

Website - www.susansleeman.com
Facebook - www.facebook.com/SusanSleemanBooks
Twitter - www.twitter.com/susansleeman
Instagram - www.instagram.com/susansleeman/
Goodreads - www.goodreads.com/author/show/4053429.Susan_Sleeman
BookBub - www.bookbub.com/authors/susan-sleeman
Amazon - www.amazon.com/Susan-Sleeman
Review Site - www.TheSuspenseZone.com

The book can be purchased online via the following button:



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

I’d love to know what recent book they’ve read and can recommend as I am always looking for great books to read.

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


 

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