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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, July 16, 2018

Susan Page Davis and Free Books!

Abby Hobart goes to meet her husband for dinner, but Peter is missing and there’s a dead man lying on the floor of his showroom.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the free e-copy of Chase, by Glenn Haggerty, is:

paulalipper@...

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 Susan Page Davis, author of the new mystery novel, Ransom of the Heart (Tea Tin Press, June 2018).

Susan Page Davis was born and grew up in the state of Maine. She and her husband Jim have six adult children and ten grandchildren. They now reside in western Kentucky.

Susan is the author of more than 80 published novels and novellas, in the mystery, suspense, and historical romance genres. She’s a winner and four-time finalist of the Carol Award; winner of two Will Rogers Medallions; a two-time winner of the FHL Readers’ Choice Award; and finalist in the WILLA Literary Awards.

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

My father was a game warden, and as a result people sometimes brought him injured or orphaned wildlife, which made for some unusual temporary pets.

I'd love to hear more about that. I would imagine that would nurture a kind heart toward wildlife.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Ransom of the Heart.

Captain Harvey Larson is on guard when a fifteen-year-old girl approaches him during his lunch hour. Leah thinks she has proof that he is her father, but Harvey needs more evidence.

A few hours later, his sister-in-law Abby stumbles upon a body at Hobart Chevrolet. Her husband, Peter, is missing, and the Priority Unit turns out to investigate. When she finally gets a call demanding ransom, Harvey goes into high gear to set up a ransom drop. Unfortunately, things don’t go as planned when they try to deliver the money.

Meanwhile Peter and Abby’s little boys agonize over their father. Harvey’s wife, Jennifer, does her best to support Abby and their other sister, Leeanne, who is gearing up for her first book signing, and Detective Tony Winfield hopes his idea for a first date will appeal to the chief’s new secretary. His cousin Amy’s getting married, and he needs a date for the wedding, but Tony forgets to reveal one crucial bit of information.

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

Abby Hobart is a new stepmom who is not too confident in that role. When her husband is kidnapped, her family is there to support her, but it’s up to her to assure the boys that everything’s going to work out. She can’t promise Andy and Gary their dad will come home, but Abby must dig deep and find a way to let them know that no matter what happens, their family is rock solid.

Imagine you’ve been contracted to write a novel about a real person. Who would you most like to write about?

John Alden, Mayflower passenger. He’s an ancestor of mine, and I wish there was more information available about him.

Fascinating! It does sound as if you've already done some digging.

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

The Face of the Earth, by Deborah Raney. It’s a wonderful relationship novel set against a mystery.

What are you working on now?

I’m writing a western novella and also a cozy mystery. I can work back and forth so long as the two projects are set in different time periods.

Where else can readers find you online?

My website: www.susanpagedavis.com
Find me on Facebook: Facebook

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

In this story, Harvey offers his handkerchief to Abby to wipe her tears.  She seems surprised that anyone still carries one.  Can you think of other items that could seem old-fashioned to young people?

Thank you, Susan, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your book. Readers, Susan has offered to give away an e-copy of her novel. If you already have this installment in the series, Susan is happy to give away any other book in the Maine Justice series. 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 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, July 9, 2018

Glenn Haggerty and Free Books!

Drugs infiltrate Tyler Higgins’ middle school, turning ordinary kids into brain-dead druggies. When his friend is infected, Tyler decides to cut the small town drug flow by ratting out the dealer before it’s too late.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of A Rebel Heart, by Beth White, is:

lhanberry1@...

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

And now let's visit with novelist Glenn Haggerty, author of the action adventure/mystery suspense novel, Chase, Intense Book 3 (Freshwater Publications, April 2018).

Glenn writes inspiring adventures with an edge. No matter how dark the day, finding hope to pursue the prize is the core of all his novels and studies.

He is a member of ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers), a graduate of Vision Loss Resources and Bethel Seminary, the father of six and grandfather of seven. Glenn likes tandem biking, kayaking, and daydreaming and lives in Minneapolis with his wife.

He is also an award-winning author with short stories published in Splickety, Havok, Cadet Quest and Partners. Chase, the third book in his Intense series was released on April 1, 2018.

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

I’ve hit both the California and the Florida beaches. I’m not going to say which is better.

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

In Chase, Tyler, a middle school newbie, watches helplessly as his friend, Jake, descends into drugs. With the help of a couple of classmates and encouraged by the local police, Tyler begins shadowing drug runners to rat out the methamphetamine dealer before his friend turns into a brain dead druggie.

But Tyler has underestimated the power and raw evil that is about to be unleashed against him.

There are lots of twists and turns and character surprises as Tyler and his friends come face to face with organized evil. Faith and courage are tested to the max, and many lessons are learned regarding life and friendships.

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

I think Tyler embodies the contradictions of many 13-year-old boys. Wanting to be included, wanting to be the hero, but still cowed by fear. Naïve and self deprecating, he is also stubborn and tenacious. He struggles to figure out another complex facet of friendship even as he struggles to figure out where girls fit, if they fit, into his life. In the end he learns to apply faith, and God does some extraordinary things through him.

Imagine you’ve been contracted to write a novel about a real person. Who would you most like to write about?

Billy Graham.

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

The Frozen Hours: A Novel of the Korean War, by Jeff Shaara. It was well researched and also well written. Through it I better understand the Korean War and the world as we know it today.

I read his Gods and Generals. You're right--the man is an excellent researcher and writer. What are you working on now?

My next book in the Intense series is tentatively titled, Hyde, which follows the theme of the first three books and once again also serves as the name of the main antagonist. It is set in Florida where Tyler is vacationing with his cousins. Once again, they get caught up in a mysterious disappearance that has to do with modern day pirates and treasure buried in plain sight. I’ve done some research on the Spanish gold fleet of 1715 and discovered some interesting possibilities.

Where else can readers find you online?

Website www.glennhaggerty.com
Facebook
Twitter
Amazon Author Page
Goodreads


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

Which do you prefer, Contemporary Romantic Suspense or Historical Romance?

Thank you, Glenn, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your book. Readers, Glenn has offered to give away an e-copy of his novel. To enter, leave a comment and your email below in answer to Glenn'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, July 2, 2018

Beth White and Free Books!

A destitute Southern belle must save her plantation home—Is a retired Union soldier the answer?

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the e-copy of A Heart Reclaimed, by Elizabeth Maddrey, is:

cjenreffner@...


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 visit with novelist Beth White, author of the historical romance, A Rebel Heart (Revell, June 2018).

Beth White’s day job is teaching music at an inner-city high school in historic Mobile, Alabama. A native Mississippian, she writes historical romance with a Southern drawl and is the author of The Pelican Bride, The Creole Princess, and The Magnolia Duchess.

Her novels have won the American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award, the RT Book Club Reviewers’ Choice Award, and the Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award.

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

I have dolphins in my back yard. No, really. Like Flipper. I live on Wolf Bay, near Orange Beach, Alabama, and sometimes when I sit on the swing on my dock, dolphins will swim by looking for fish. Pretty cool.

Wow, that would have me on that dock daily! You're right, that's very cool.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of A Rebel Heart.

Five years after the final shot was fired in the War Between the States, Selah Daughtry can barely manage to keep herself, her two younger sisters, and their spinster cousin fed and clothed. With their family’s Mississippi plantation swamped by debt and the Big House falling down around them, the only option seems to be giving up their independence by leaving their ancestral land.

Pinkerton agent and former Union cavalryman Levi Riggins is investigating a series of train robberies and sabotage linked to the impoverished Daughtry plantation. Posing as a hotel management agent for the railroad, he makes Selah a proposition—he’ll help her save her home, but only if it is converted into a hotel. With Selah otherwise engaged with renovations, Levi moves onto the property to “supervise” while he actually attends to his real assignment right under her nose.

Selah isn’t sure she entirely trusts the handsome Yankee, but she’d do almost anything to save her home. What she never expected to encounter was his assault on her heart.

What a great story premise. And the cover is gorgeous. I think many people assume southerners would have bounced back fairly well by five years post-war. Obviously you correct that misconception with your novel. 

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

Selah Daughtry is indubitably a lady. But she will do whatever it takes to protect and provide for those she is responsible for—even if it means going into business as a hotel manager. She holds onto a lot of guilt over the way her family has treated slaves before the War, but she’s determined to make it right. She is smart, practical, and tender-hearted, and I enjoyed getting to know her as I wrote her story.

Imagine you’ve been contracted to write a novel about a real person. Who would you most like to write about?

Brigadier-General Don Bernardo de Gálvez, Spanish governor of New Orleans during the American Revolution. In a little-known quirk of history, Spain secretly funded the American cause and sent spies along the British-held Gulf Coast, from Mobile to Pensacola, to harvest intelligence for Continental strategy. Gálvez was an inspirational leader and administrator with a genius for the balancing act of the political, military and social world he inhabited. Also, he fell in love with, courted, and married a beautiful French Creole widow named María Feliciana de Saint-Maxent Estrehan. Oh my goodness, what a movie that would make!

Yes, and what a novel! Do it, Beth!

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

I honestly don’t read a lot of fiction at the moment, because I spend my free time researching and writing! But the last novel I loved was one of Sibella Giorello’s Raleigh Harmon Mysteries. They’re all fabulous (I think there are seven or eight in the series so far). Lyrical prose, deep characterization, cool mystery puzzle, fascinating heroine, slow-boiling romance. Funny as all get-out.

Thanks for that recomendation. I have so much respect for the minds of good mystery writers. 

What are you working on now?

I’m working on the second book of the Daughtry House series (sequel to A Rebel Heart). It’s titled A Reluctant Belle, and it features the second Daughtry sister, Joelle. She’s tall and awkward and beautiful and nerdy and forgetful—and she’s in love with her childhood nemesis, Schuyler Beaumont. Unfortunately, just as she accidentally gets herself engaged to the young Methodist preacher who’s been following her around for a year (not Schuyler, unfortunately), Schuyler embroils them both in a political murder mystery.

Where else can readers find you online?

My website is www.bethwhite.net. Twitter handle @bethsquill. Or visit me on Facebook

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

What are your favorite ways to hear about authors whose work you haven’t tried? Also, I’m curious about how far into a book you’ll go before you decide the story isn’t for you?

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

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

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

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

Annoying legal disclaimer: drawings void where prohibited; open only to U.S. residents; the odds of winning depend upon the number of participants. See full disclaimer, GDPA notice, and my Disclosure of Material Connection HERE
 

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