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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, May 13, 2019

Beth Vogt and Free Books!

Can a trio of sisters move from declaring a truce to fully trusting one another?

Before we chat with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the free copy of The Erie Canal Brides Collection, featuring Johnnie Alexander's historical novella, "Journey of the Heart," is:

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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 revisit novelist Beth Vogt, author of the new women’s fiction release, Moments We Forget (Tyndale House, May 2019).

Beth K. Vogt believes God’s best often waits behind the doors marked “Never.” Having authored nine contemporary romance novels and novellas, Beth’s first women’s fiction novel with Tyndale House Publishers, Things I Never Told You, released May 2018. Moments We Forget, book two in the Thatcher Sisters Series, released May 2019.

Beth is a 2016 Christy Award winner, a 2016 ACFW Carol Award winner, and a 2015  RITA® finalist. An established magazine writer and former editor of the leadership magazine for MOPS International, Beth blogs for Novel Rocket and The Write Conversation and also enjoys speaking to writers group and mentoring other writers.

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

Funny story: I met my husband Rob in a karate studio when he knocked me down while I was working out – preparing for my brown belt exam. We like to tell people he swept me off my feet.

That almost sounds like the "meet cute" of romantic comedy, Beth. Kind of romantic!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Moments We Forget.

Jillian Thatcher has spent most of her life playing the family peacemaker, caught in the middle between her driven, talented older sister and her younger, spotlight-stealing twin sisters. Now, Jillian’s on the road to recovery after finally finishing chemo and radiation, but residual effects of the treatment keep her from reclaiming her life as she’d hoped.

Can Jillian count on her sisters as she tries to step into a stronger place—or will she always be “just Jillian,” the less-than Thatcher sister?

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

Jillian wants more for herself … for her life. And we all want that at some point in our lives – something more, whether it’s an unfulfilled dream, or an unfulfilled promise we’ve made to ourselves or that someone’s made to us.

Let’s say someone wrote a novel based on your life. What would the title be?

Choosing the Beauty of Broken

Hmm. Intriguing! 

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

The Solace of Water by Elizabeth Byler Younts – I stayed up all night reading this novel and I was on deadline at the time! She writes about the unlikely friendship between two women and the story – the issues Elizabeth delved into in such an honest way – kept me turning the pages.

What are you working on now?

I’m finishing book three in the Thatcher Sisters Series, where Johanna steps front and center into the plot. She’s had quite the journey from book one to book three.

Where else can readers find you online?

Website/blog: bethvogt.com
Instagram
Facebook
Twitter
Pinterest
Goodreads
Amazon Author Page

The novel can be purchased online via the following button:



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

Whether they have sisters or know sisters, what do they find intriguing about sister relationships?

Thank you, Beth, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your novel. Readers, Beth has offered to give away a free copy of her book. 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, an 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, May 6, 2019

Johnnie Alexander and Free Books!

A postmaster’s daughter risks her secret . . . and her heart . . . to rescue a runaway from a slave-hunter.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the free copy of my new romantic suspense novella, A Special Kind of Double, is subscriber:

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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 revisit novelist Johnnie Alexander, author of the historical novella, "Journey of the Heart," in The Erie Canal Brides Collection (Barbour, March 2019).

Johnnie Alexander creates characters you want to meet and imagines stories you won't forget in a variety of genres. Her award-winning debut novel, Where Treasure Hides, is a CBA bestseller and has been translated into Dutch and Norwegian. Her first indie novella, "Match You Like Crazy," (Resort to Romance Series) released in April 2019. She's part of an international group of authors writing the Mosaic Collection, a series of contemporary novels releasing in 2019-2020.

An award-winning, best-selling novelist, Johnnie serves on the Serious Writer, Inc. executive board, co-hosts Writers Chat, and interviews inspirational authors for Novelists Unwind. She lives in Oklahoma with Griff, her happy-go-lucky collie, and Rugby, her raccoon-treeing papillon.

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

Such a fun question. Here’s a random thing I don’t think I’ve used before—my parents actually moved from one house to another while I was at 4-H camp. I didn’t know until we pulled into the driveway of the new place. A big surprise!

What a fun thing to do! That's not a surprise one can pull off very often in a lifetime.

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

In public, Charity Sinclair masquerades as a self-centered dilettante while helping her father operate the post office located in the front rooms of their home. Behind closed doors, however, she works with the Underground Railroad and writes abolitionist pamphlets.

Tavish Dunbar, an architect with the Circleville Squaring Company, has a government mandate to design a new post office and lodgings. Unfortunately, Postmaster Sinclair and his attractive but vapid daughter aren’t cooperating with the project.

Neither Charity nor Tavish are thrilled when they find themselves traveling together on the nearby Ohio-Erie Canal. But when a slave-hunter threatens a runaway’s journey to freedom, the couple reveal their true hearts while risking their lives for the fugitive and each other.

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

Charity is smart, caring, and passionate about doing whatever she can to educate others on the evils of slavery. To protect her identity as the author of abolitionist pamphlets, she pretends to be something she’s not. As the story progresses, she shows her courage and willingness to sacrifice her comfort for someone who desperately needs her help.

A year or so ago, my book club read The Scarlet Pimpernel. You made me think of it with your description of Charity and her noble, clandestine efforts. I love when a character is far more than most others realize.

Let’s say someone wrote a novel based on your life. What would the title be?

She Smiled at the Future

Great attitude!

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

We Hope for Better Things, by Erin Bartels. This is an incredible novel that weaves together the stories of three women from different eras. It explores prejudices, family relationships, and the heartache of secrets. I can’t wait to read more books by Erin.

What are you working on now?

I’m writing another novella for Barbour. The story is titled “Blue Moon” and will appear in the Hometown Heroines Collection.

Where else can readers find you online?

I mostly hang out on Facebook but it’s also fun to connect on BookBub.
Connect with me at www.johnnie-alexander.com and other social media sites via https://linktr.ee/johnniealexndr. Sign up for my newsletter on my website for updates and special giveaways.

The collection can be purchased online via the following button:



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

What would be your preferred mode of nineteenth century travel—canal boat, train, or horseback?

I can tell you right now that this woman would take the train whenever possible! Thank you, Johnnie, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your novella. Readers, Johnnie has offered to give away a free copy of the collection. To enter, leave a comment and your email below in answer to Johnnie'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, an 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, April 29, 2019

My New Romantic Suspense Give-Away! A Special Kind of Double

She’s not equipped to search for her sister alone. She’s even less prepared for what she finds.

Before we look at this week's book, I want to announce that the winner of the free copy of Beneath a Camperdown Elm, by Janet Chester Bly, 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 I'd like to tell you about a book I just released, a copy of which I'll give away next week. A Special Kind of Double (Winged Publications, April 2019) is a romantic suspense story.

Here's the book's teaser:

Franny and Grace Otterbridge were always the closest of sisters. But after their father’s death, Grace veered off in a different direction. Now Franny feels she’s lost her. Literally—Grace has gone missing. Franny assumes she’s taken off on another wild hair, but signs soon suggest otherwise.

Franny accepts amateur sleuthing help from new flame Nevan Burns, a young fine artist (who’s also a fine young artist). He proves himself more than good company, and Franny finds herself swinging from one emotion to another, from joy to fear, from anticipation to dread. She’s not equipped to search for Grace alone. She’s even less prepared for what she finds.

Because I usually ask authors to tell us why readers will care about the protagonist...

Franny is bouncing back from a recent, crushing betrayal by her boyfriend and her best friend. She might not have fully forgiven either of them just yet, but she's working on forgetting them. She cherishes the support her mother and her sister, Grace, have given her. The three have always held a tight bond with each other.

But recently Grace has been wilder in her life choices and, in that respect, she's distanced herself from Franny and their mother. When Grace goes missing, Franny's sense of responsibility for her younger sister returns, and her initial annoyance turns into a bit of shame, a lot of concern, and downright fear.

Like all of us, Franny would like to be a better, more unconditionally loving Christian.

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



I hope you'll check out A Special Kind of Double. In the meantime, I'm going to give away an e-copy of the book. To enter, leave a comment and your [fractured] email in answer to the following question, below. "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.

My question: What was a time you realized you had misjudged someone without realizing the whole story about their circumstances? I'll leave a comment about this topic, as well! I know we've all been there.

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, an 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, April 22, 2019

Janet Chester Bly and Free Books!

Three generations of women travel separate journeys of the heart.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the free copy of Carolina Grace, by Regina Rudd Merrick, is:

sarahtaylor@...

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 Janet Chester Bly, author of the contemporary western romance (with a touch of mystery), Beneath a Camperdown Elm, Book 3, Trails of Reba Cahill Series (KDP, May 2019).

Janet Chester Bly is the widow of award-winning western author Stephen Bly. Together they published over 120 books, fiction and nonfiction for adults and kids (9-14 yrs)—his, hers, and theirs.

She lives on top of a mountain (4,200 ft. elev.) on the Nez Perce Indian Reservation where she serves her small local church as Music Director.

She and her three married sons completed Stephen’s last novel for him, Stuart Brannon’s Final Shot, which was a Selah Award Finalist. Check out the BlyBooks.com website blog for stories about this adventure.

The Trails of Reba Cahill Series novels comprise Janet’s first solo adult fiction. For more information and to retrieve sample chapters of Books 1 & 2, Wind in the Wires and Down Squash Blossom Road, go to the Bly Books site (see link below).

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

My yard includes a full-sized, false-front town called Broken Arrow Crossing that my late husband built.

It sounds as if there's an entire story behind that, Janet!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Beneath a Camperdown Elm.

Reba Mae Cahill’s stalker is in jail. She finds a rancher fianc√©. And her runaway mother returns home. She has everything she thought she wanted. But is she about to lose it all?

Reba is training Jace McKane to become her rancher husband. And Jace promises to help fight the lawsuit that threatens the family ranch. But two major complications intervene: his unscrupulous father and the actions of her grandmother.

When Jace returns to California to bail out his father’s finances, Reba discovers her stalker escaped from prison. Then her mother learns her son and ex-husband sank in an Alaskan sea. Can Reba keep her from flipping out for good?

Meanwhile, Scottish twins, Archie and Wynda MacKenzie, mesmerize the town with their trick biking skills and charming accents. However, Reba’s not sure they’re what they claim to be.

And what mystery lurks beneath the Camperdown Elm?

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

Feisty, redhead cowgirl Reba Mae Cahill fights to overcome circumstances beyond her control: skeletons in the family closet; a fear to ever have children of her own; a stalker intent on violence; a neighboring rancher with vengeance on his mind; and what she perceives as her grandmother’s betrayal. She’s also finally found what she believes is legitimate love after looking in all the wrong places.

Please share with us a quote about writing that you find inspiring.

“Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.” ― Louis L'Amour

Excellent quote. Sometimes we have to simply let weak writing start us off so we can get the good stuff to warm up.

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

I’ve enjoyed reading again the O’Malley Series by Dee Henderson, beginning with the prequel, Danger in the Shadows. I love the concept of orphans who grew up together in an orphanage and adopted each other later as siblings to form their own family. Each of the mystery stories centers on one of them and their chosen profession—bodyguard, doctor, search and rescue, marshal, etc. One of the most creative romance scenes I’ve ever read happens when a crisis-hostage negotiator and FBI special agent meet in the middle of a tense, potential shootout in Book 1, The Negotiator. The dialogue is priceless.

What are you working on now?

Hard at work trying to re-release some of Stephen’s out-of-print books, one by one.

Where else can readers find you online?

BlyBooks.com
Facebook Author Page
Facebook
Twitter
Pinterest
Goodreads
Google Plus
LinkedIn

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

What’s the most effective means for you, to risk reading a book written by an author you didn’t know before?

Thank you, Janet, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your book. Readers, Janet has offered to give away a free copy of her novel. To enter, leave a comment and your email below in answer to Janet'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, an email newsletter for Christian book deals in whatever genres you select. You can subscribe here: ChristianBookHeaven

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

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Regina Rudd Merrick and Free Books!

A first-year teacher claims God’s grace outwardly but wonders if God really cares, while an unbelieving doctor's trials propel him toward God in a way he never imagines.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the free copy of The Watch on the Fencepost, by Kay DiBianca, is subscriber:

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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 Regina Merrick, author of the contemporary romance, Carolina Grace (Mantle Rock Publishing, LLC, February 2019).

Regina Rudd Merrick began reading romance and thinking of book ideas as early as her teenage years when she attempted a happily-ever-after sequel to “Gone With the Wind.” That love of fiction parlayed into a career as a librarian, and finally to writing full-time.

She began attending local writing workshops and continued to hone her craft by writing several short and novel-length fan-fiction pieces published online, where she met other authors with a similar love for story, a Christian worldview, and happily-ever-after.

Married for 30+ years and active in their church in Marion, Kentucky, Regina and her husband have two grown daughters who share her love of music, writing, and the arts.

Regina is the author of three books: Carolina Dream (Apr. 2017), Carolina Mercy (July 2018), and Carolina Grace (February 2019) in the Southern Breeze Series.

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

While I love writing and I love music, I have a passion for interior design and organization. I can spend hours poring over floorplans, online shopping sites, Pinterest, etc.!

Oh, me too. The last time I moved, I had to part with a couple of boxes of Architecural Digest. A reality check convinced me that I would never mimic any of the grand design schemes in there!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Carolina Grace.

She knows about God’s grace for her life, but pushes it away. He hasn’t experienced it, but finds grace in a way he never expected.

First-year Special Education teacher Charly Livingston demonstrates God’s love on the outside, but is resentful that God allowed back-to-back tragedies to happen to her family.

Rance Beaumont is a top-notch medical intern. He’s on his way to the top, and when he meets Charly, he knows things can only get better. When he discovers family secrets and a dying father he never knew, his easy life seems to disintegrate. Even in the idyllic ocean breezes and South Carolina sunshine, contentment can quickly turn to bitterness and confusion except for God’s amazing grace.

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

Charlotte (Charly) Livingston is a 24-year-old new teacher with her life ahead of her. Having always been a “good girl,” she seems to have everything under control, but there’s a part of her that’s rebelling against God. Where was He when her dad passed away suddenly? Where was He when her mom went blind? Outwardly, she’s all about the Christian life, but inwardly, she’s distancing herself from God. It’s something that most of us, as Christians, go through at some point in our lives.

Rance Butler, on the other hand, seems to have it all – but he doesn’t have God. When a major heartbreak comes his way, he’s not sure how to cope with it, but when he gets to know Charly, he wonders about her God.

Please share with us a quote about writing that you find inspiring.

“If you find a book you really want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.” -- Toni Morrison

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

I always have a novel going! The book I’m currently reading is Where the Fire Falls by Karen Barnett. It’s the second in her Vintage National Parks series, and is amazing. Set in the early 1900’s, this series reminds me of Grace Livingston Hill’s novels, but updated, and I’m in love with the settings. The early days of the National Park system is so interesting, and she does an wonderful job creating the settings in print, as well as the love story and other characters. I highly recommend this series. There is a third coming out in June!

What are you working on now?

At present I am working on a novella that will tie in with the Southern Breeze Series! It’s part of a 4-novella collection with three other Mantle Rock Publishing authors. We all picked an island on the Eastern Seaboard, and that’s where our story will take place! Mine is Pawley’s Island, which is in the same neighborhood as Carolina Dream, Carolina Mercy, and Carolina Grace. You’ll see some familiar characters and places in this story! When that’s done, I have an idea for a new series that will include a brother/sister duo who own a design/build firm!

Where else can readers find you online?

Social Media:
Facebook
Twitter
Instagram
Pinterest

Website: www.reginaruddmerrick.com
Publisher Website: mantlerockpublishing.com
My Amazon author page

The book can be purchased online via the following button:



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

What is the book you want to read that hasn’t been written yet?

Good question, in keeping with your Toni Morrison quote above (but readers, we won't demand that you write that book, if you don't want to). Thank you, Regina, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your book. Readers, Regina has offered to give away a free copy of her novel. To enter, leave a comment and your email below in answer to Regina'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, an 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, April 8, 2019

Kay DiBianca and Free Books!

When young Kathryn Frasier finds a mysterious gold watch on a fencepost, she is plunged into a labyrinth of puzzling clues, resulting in a quest to prove her parents’ recent deaths were not an accident.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the free copy of The Janus Journals, by H.L. Wegley, is subscriber:

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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 Kay DiBianca, author of the romantic mystery, The Watch on the Fencepost (CrossLink Publishing, February 2019).

Kay DiBianca holds an MS degree in computer science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has worked in the IT departments of several major corporations, including IBM, International Paper, and FedEx.

An avid runner, Kay can often be found at a nearby track, on the treadmill, or at a large park near her home. She's completed four marathons, fifteen or so half-marathons, and an unknown number of shorter races. Her idea of high fashion is a new pair of Sauconys.

Kay and her husband, Frank, are retired and live in Memphis, Tennessee. They are US representatives of Bridges for Peace, an international Christian organization, whose mission is to serve the people of Israel.

Kay’s first novel, The Watch on the Fencepost, received the 2019 Illumination Awards Bronze Medal for General Fiction.

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

I met my husband at a horse barn. (We think that’s the reason we have such a stable marriage. )

And maybe because you have a mutual love for puns, lol.


Please tell us a bit more about the plot of The Watch on the Fencepost.
In a deserted park on a cold winter day, 27-year-old Kathryn Frasier is training for a marathon when she discovers a gold watch on a fencepost. Sensing that it was deliberately left for her to find, she sets out to solve the mystery behind the watch. 


But her orderly life is turned upside-down when it leads her to a dark family secret and a suspicion that her parents' recent deaths may not have been an accident. Thrown into the hunt for a possible killer, Kathryn peels back layer after layer of cryptic clues, and encounters an extraordinary cast of characters, including an actress with a talent for disguises, a politician with a secret of his own, and a handsome businessman who shows a sudden romantic interest in Kathryn.

But is the search for truth worth risking her own life?

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

Many 21st century heroines are alpha females, wielding some serious weaponry while combating the evil enemy. Kathryn Frasier is not one of those. She’s a quiet, intelligent, somewhat nerdy young software developer. However, when presented with a suspicion that her parents’ recent deaths were not accidental as had been reported, all her problem-solving skills kick in, and she is transformed into a tenacious, determined sleuth.


Along the way, she develops a surprising relationship with Phil Warren, a handsome businessman with whom she has had a history of miscommunication.

Please share with us a quote about writing that you find inspiring.

“A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.” — Richard Bach

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

I recently read
Christy by Catherine Marshall. Even though it was written in the 60’s and is very famous, I had never read it. I was fascinated with the description of the Appalachian highlanders and the young woman who chose to leave a comfortable home to work among them. Christy’s challenges and triumphs in 1912 are as relevant today as they were then, and they can serve as a guidebook for any young woman leaving home to find her way in the world.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on a sequel to The Watch on the Fencepost. The new book is titled Dead Man’s Watch where Kathryn will be thrown into another puzzle dilemma.

Where else can readers find you online?

My website is www.kaydibianca.com. I’m also on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. People who sign up for my newsletter on www.kaydibianca.com will automatically be entered into my puzzle contests. The prize for the first contest was a $100 Amazon gift card and was awarded in January 2019 to the first person who solved my puzzle. I plan on doing a contest every quarter.

The book can be purchased online via the following button:



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

What is your favorite mystery novel or movie of all time? Why?

Trish, I want to thank you for the opportunity to appear on your blog. Your questions were great. I’ll be heading off to the Mt. Hermon Writers Conference soon. If any of your readers will be there, please look me up!

Thank you, Kay, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your book. Readers, Kay has offered to give away a free copy of her novel. To enter, leave a comment and your email below in answer to Kay'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, an 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, April 1, 2019

H. L. Wegley and Free Books!

What would you do if you discovered the loving father who raised you by himself, after your mother’s death, was a KGB deep-cover plant who immigrated to the U.S. during the Cold War?

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the free copy of One Door Between Us, by Tom Donnan, is subscriber:

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Congratulations! I'll email you to get your snail mail address and (assuming you live in the US) 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 H. L. Wegley, author of the romantic thriller, The Janus Journals (Trinity Press International, February 2019).

H. L. Wegley served as an Air Force Intelligence Analyst and a Weather Officer. In civilian life, he worked as a research scientist at a national lab, publishing in the scientific literature, then developed Boeing computing systems for twenty years before he and his wife retired near Seattle where they enjoy grandchildren, the rugged coast in the Olympic National Park and where he crafts his stories.

He is an award-winning author of inspirational thrillers and high-action, romantic-suspense novels.

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

During the Carter and Reagan administrations, I served as a member of the team of atmospheric scientists who managed the meteorological component of the Federal Wind Energy Program. There I represented the United States on an international work group studying the application of wind forecasts to wind-turbine operation and economics. If you Google “H. L. Wegley wind energy,” you’ll find some of my publications. It’s amazing that they’re still around after all these years.

Yes, the Internet is forever! 

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

For recent college graduate, Alisa (Allie) Petrenko, the Cold War never ended. When her father is murdered, he left her with a warning, an assassin on her trail, and his secret history contained in a set of journals.

As Allie tries to elude the assassin and read the journals, she learns that the loving father who raised her was not the man he appeared to be, and the man she must now trust with her life is someone Allie must never trust with her heart.

The Janus Journals, set in Virginia and near Lake Chelan in Washington State, is high-action romantic suspense at its best. The dual timeline will take you on an epic journey through the twilight years of the Cold War that reshaped one man’s destiny while creating deadly tentacles, reaching into the present, threatening an innocent young woman.

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

Allie Petrenko lost her mother to a dread disease when Allie was five. This left her an agnostic with a paralyzing fear of death, thanatophobia. The readers will root for her as she tries to become a fearless young woman who thinks of herself as honorable, lovable, and strong rather than despicable and cowardly.

Grady Jamison’s sister was a passenger in his car when a drunk hit them, killing her. Grady thinks that protecting Allie from the assassin is his chance to redeem himself and end his deep-seated guilt. However, there are a lot more benefits to knowing Allie Petrenko than Grady could possibly realize. But readers will probably discover this long before Grady because, as we all know, guys are clueless.

I love the levity at the end of such a serious plot summary.

Please share with us a quote about writing that you find inspiring.

"A powerful story without a biblical worldview is a great escape to nowhere. A spiritual message without an entertaining story is a sermon, not a novel." — Randy Singer

I’ve taken this to heart and try to write stories in light of Randy Singer’s assertions.

That's such a great reminder. I'm in the middle of writing a novella right now, and this quote inspires me to keep the Lord in mind while my heroine's story unfolds.

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

Heart of the Country by Rene Gutteridge, she took a movie script, a barebones story, and fleshed it out into a superb novel with three-dimensional characters. It is the job of living actors and actresses to make a script come to life. But few people can do what Rene did with someone else’s story. Heart of the Country is a good teaching/learning tool for authors. If you enjoy audiobooks, the audio version is superb.

Rene's so talented and definitely knows her way around a script.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on a story that doesn’t yet have a name, though I’m considering Bold Betrayal as a possible title. Its plot might have been borrowed from news media headlines, depending on which media sources one reads. The story is about a young man who uncovers the impacts of biases in a search-engine company’s algorithms and data presentation. He predicts this company will determine the next president of the United States. And he makes an accusation that the bias is subtle and intentional. But before he can release his report—yeah, bad things happen. This novel will release about May 1, 2019.

Sounds exciting!

Where else can readers find you online?

I am fairly active on Facebook and Twitter. Here are some places readers can find me:

Website: www.hlwegley.com
Amazon
Twitter
Goodreads
Facebook author’s page
Many of my readers have friended me and use my FB profile page: Facebook profile

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I'm going to ask a question for my blog readers and subscribers to answer. When you read Harry's description of his heroine, Allie, and her paralyzing fear, can you bring to mind anyone in your life (even if it's you) who has overcome something seemingly insurmountable in his or her life? Who comes to mind?

Thank you, Harry, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your book. Readers, Harry has offered to give away a free copy of his novel. To enter, leave a comment and your email below in answer to my 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, an 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, March 25, 2019

Tom Donnan and Free Books

A Family steps into the kingdom of God and into the supernatural.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the free copy of The Soul Searcher, by Erin Howard, is:

lorigeorge@...

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 Tom Donnan, author of One Door Between Us (Gazelle Press, November 2018).

Tom Donnan died on February 6th 2006 of a heart attack. His first experience was hearing God speak to him. He said: “It is only while you are on earth that you can work for Jesus!” The paramedics brought Tom back to life, and his passion is serving the Lord.

He has three children and five grandchild. Retired from a 44-year career as an elevator mechanic, he now writes, speaks, and ministers as God opens the doors.

Wow, that's quite a testimony, Tom. 

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

I'm now enrolled in Global University where I hope to enter ministry.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of One Door Between Us.

The book is all about what happens when God enters a family and the changes that take place with each of them. It is not just a salvation message, the supernatural side of God becomes part of their lives. The book is written to allow the reader to see what is happening on both sides, in our world and the spiritual realm.

The main character, Arielle steps through two important doors in her life. One door is to lasting love and the other is answering the call of God upon her life.

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

Arielle has an insatiable desire to know the truth in every story and a goal to achieve lofty educational degrees. It is her love and desire to please God that is seen through the book. Although Arielle is the named character in the book, the real woman goes on in life to walk the path God sets before her. Brave and courageous; she grows into the person God has hoped her to be.

Please share with us your novel’s opening line.

“Police station, this is officer Henry. How can I help you?”.

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

I have shifted my reading list from Christian arena to diving into my text books. I have loved the Left Behind series and enjoy a good adventure novel with the unforeseen twist and turn.

I remember that nonfiction-only period while working on my degree, Tom. I was so eager to get back to fiction reading once I graduated!

What are you working on now?

Now that the marketing of this book has begun, I am choppin' at the bit to begin the second book in this series. Three years ago I met three dynamic lady pastors. Once I questioned them about their lives, I saw where God was ever present and very active from their beginning.

Where else can readers find you online?

Healing the Nation Ministries on Facebook
Amazon Author Page:
Email: healingthenation1776@gmail.com

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

Dear Reader, do you desire to know and experience God?

Thank you, Tom, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your book. Readers, Tom has offered to give away a free copy of his novel. To enter, leave a comment and your email below in answer to Tom'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, an 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, March 18, 2019

Erin Howard and Free Books!

Elnora’s parents gave her one rule: Stay hidden away at all costs.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the free copy of Within These Lines, by Stephanie Morrill, is:

bridgetmagness14@...

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

And now let's meet novelist Erin Howard, author of the supernatural fantasy novel, The Soul Searcher (Mantle Rock Publishing, February 2019).

Erin R. Howard is a developmental editor, fantasy author of The Kalila Chronicles, and has earned a Bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing/English from Southern New Hampshire University. When she's not writing, Erin enjoys spending time with her family, fueling her craft addictions, and teaching writing workshops.

Erin is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and the KenTen Writers Group. She resides in Western Kentucky with her husband and three children.

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

I wanted to learn how to crochet because I always saw my Nanny crocheting. She tried teaching me when I was little, but I finally taught myself by watching YouTube videos.

That's fantastic that the YouTube videos did the trick for you. I remember that one of my many never-finished craft projects was a crocheted animal. I think I got the top of the head done before moving on. So I essentially crocheted a doll-sized yarmulke. Sigh.

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

The Soul Searcher is the second book in my series, The Kalila Chronicles. It picks up immediately after the first book, The Seer and doesn’t slow down.

In the first book, a teenage girl named Thea is thrown into a world of ancient societies, demons, and angels. The series started out as an assignment for a writing workshop where I had to write from a villain's or unlikely hero’s view.

In The Seer, the angel, Matthias, and the demon, Viktor, are brothers. Viktor fell from heaven when Lucifer was kicked out. Both of them are assigned to Thea. There are thousands of years of history between the two of them and lots of anger too, especially when they are forced to work together to save Thea’s life.

In book two, there are new threats and dangers for the group, and a more in-depth look at a new character, Elnora. I’m really excited about Elnora’s story.

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

Elnora has faced circumstances that she had no control over and the results of those circumstances have touched every aspect of her life. But now, when the stakes are raised even more, and Elnora finds herself kidnapped, we get to see how Elnora reacts and walks through these changes. I think readers will be able to connect with her because we all have things that we go through that we don’t have any control over.

Please share with us your novel’s opening line.

The slam of the front door echoed in the small living room with such a finality that Elnora wanted to reach out and take it back. To tell Thea she changed her mind and she needed to go with them.

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

I’m currently reading Unblemished by Sara Ella. So far, I’m really enjoying the book. If you like fantasy, and portals that take you to new places, you will probably like this.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on book three of The Kalila Chronicles, and a new novella series.

Where else can readers find you online?

I love to connect with readers and other authors!

Website: erinrhoward.com
Facebook
Twitter
Instagram
Pinterest
Blog/Wordpress:erinrhoward.wordpress.com
Newsletter

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

Why do you enjoy reading?

1) For fun or escape.
2) Deeper meanings for challenge or growth.

Thank you, Erin, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your book. Readers, Erin has offered to give away a free e-copy of her novel. To enter, leave a comment and your email below in answer to Erin'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, an 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, March 11, 2019

Stephanie Morrill and Free Books!

An Italian American teenage girl and a Japanese American teenage are boy torn apart by racism during WWII.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the free copy of my e-book, Together By Design, is:

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and the winner of the free copy of my e-book, Beach Dreams, is

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

And now let's meet novelist Stephanie Morrill, author of the Young Adult historical novel, Within These Lines (Blink/HarperCollins, March 2019).

Stephanie Morrill writes books about girls who are on an adventure to discover their unique place in the world. She is the author of several contemporary young adult series, as well as the 1920s mystery, The Lost Girl of Astor Street, and the WWII era romance, Within These Lines.

Since 2010, Stephanie has been encouraging the next generation of writers at her website, GoTeenWriters.com.

She lives in the Kansas City area, where she loves plotting big and small adventures to enjoy with her husband and three children.

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

I can sing all 50 states in alphabetical order thanks to a music unit in fourth grade. This skill comes in surprisingly handy.

What a great idea, and it's so cool that it stuck with you. I love the connection our memories have between facts and music.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Within These Lines.

Evalina Cassano's life in an Italian-American family in 1941 is everything it "should be" until she falls in love with Taichi Hamasaki, the son of Japanese immigrants. Despite the scandal it would cause and that inter-racial marriage is illegal in California, Evalina and Taichi vow they will find a way to be together. But anti-Japanese feelings erupt across the country after the attack on Pearl Harbor, and Taichi and his family are forced to give up their farm and move to an internment camp.

Degrading treatment make life at Manzanar Relocation Center difficult. Taichi's only connection to the outside world are treasured letters from Evalina. Feeling that the only action she can take to help Taichi is to speak out on behalf of all Japanese Americans, Evalina becomes increasingly vocal at school and at home. Meanwhile, inside Manzanar, fighting between different Japanese-American factions arises. Taichi begins to doubt he will ever leave the camp alive.

With tensions running high and their freedom on the line, Evalina and Taichi must hold true to their values and believe in their love to make a way back to each other against unbelievable odds.

That's an excellent story idea, Stephanie! The only novel I've read about that time period was Stewart David Ikeda's What the Scarecrow Said, years ago (not a Young Adult novel). It was a very moving account of a sad time in our history. It's wonderful that you've written your book for a younger audience to read.

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

Evalina is strong and fiery in temperament, but she’s also tender and compassionate. She cares deeply about social injustice and looking out for those who are vulnerable.

Please share with us your novel’s opening line.

When I jolt awake, the familiar fear smothers my early morning thoughts and thrums through my veins.

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

Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate. I had heard tons of amazing things about the book, and it really lived up to all the hype. Even though the history Wingate explores in the story is horrifying and sad, the book still manages to feel hopeful. It’s one I’ll continue to re-read as years pass!

Yes, Lisa's book is often listed in response to this question. I have it on my TBR list (as do many readers, obviously). I've read articles about the subject matter as a result of Lisa's research. You're right--horrifying.

Where else can readers find you online?

You can connect with me and learn more about my books at www.StephanieMorrill.com, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. If you’re a young writer, you can find me at www.GoTeenWriters.com

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

I’ve been reading a lot of really heavy fiction recently, and I’m ready for stories that are light and fun. What would you recommend?

Thank you, Stephanie, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your book. Readers, Stephanie has offered to give away a free copy of her novel. To enter, leave a comment and your email below in answer to Stephanie'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, an 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, March 4, 2019

I'm Giving Away My Books!

After we do today's book give-away, I'm going to feature next week's give-aways of two of my books that are now available in ebook format:

Together By Design 
and 
Beach Dreams













But first I want to announce that the winner of the free copy of A Love Most Worthy, by Sandra Ardoin, 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 look at next week's give-aways.

Together By Design will be featured as a possible read for the new Forget Me Not Book Club, so for the month of March, Forget Me Not Romances is selling the book for only 99 cents. Here's the blurb about the story:

Elena Tafani is in control of almost every aspect of her life. But getting arrested is only the first in a number of experiences that throw her summer completely off kilter. She may know how to stage a home to show it at its best, but her life isn’t showing quite as well. There’s her runaway niece, her hard-bitten sister, her over-indulgent parents, and her judgmental clients. Then there’s Chaz, the best friend for whom she’s developing very confusing feelings. What’s a good rule follower supposed to do?

Beach Dreams was initially released in paperback several years ago, but we just released it in e-book format. To celebrate, I'm giving away a free copy. If you happen to have read my books, The Guy I'm Not Dating and Too Good to Be True, you'll be familiar with the hero and heroine, Tiffany LeBoeuf and Jeremy Beckett. This is their story, and here the back cover copy:

“So, what do I do? Just give up? Avoid him? Stop brushing my teeth and wearing deodorant? He’s so sweet. And when he says something in that cute accent and looks at me with those long-lashed blue eyes and those dimples and that cleft thingy in his chin, and have you noticed how perfect his nose is?”

Tiffany LeBoeuf has a problem. She has lost her job, her mother has recently passed away, and she has zero social life. And then she meets Jeremy Beckett. But Tiff is a new Christian and knows she shouldn’t be attracted to this unbelieving (but charming!) Brit.

And then there’s Eve….Jeremy’s girlfriend. When Tiffany reserves a cozy beach house in San Diego for a much needed retreat, a mix-up causes a double booking, and Tiffany ends up sharing the beach house with Eve. When Jeremy arrives to surprise Eve, he surprises Tiffany, as well.

As Jeremy settles in at the beach house next door, events and secrets unravel that surprise everyone. 

Trish Perry’s Beach Dreams tells the touching and humorous story about how God uses even our mistakes to bring about His divine purposes.


Of course, both books are available on online purchase via the following buttons:







If you'd like to be entered for the drawings for these two books, please leave your answer to the following question.

Simply because of my current living situation, I'm finding I'm doing more of my reading via e-books and audio books, since all of my paperbacks and hardcovers are packed away in storage. Sigh, I miss them. What about you? What format do you lean toward, and why?

To enter, leave a comment and your email below in answer to my 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, an 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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