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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, June 24, 2019

Gail Pallotta and Free Books!

Flirting, swimming, friendships—it all changes when Margaret’s brother, Sean, suffers a stroke from taking steroids.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the free copy of Jesse's Hope, by Jennifer Hallmark, is:

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

And now let's meet novelist Gail Pallotta, author of the teen sports mystery, Stopped Cold (Prism Imprint of Pelican Book Group, May 2019).

Gail Pallotta’s a wife, Mom, swimmer, and bargain shopper who loves God, beach sunsets, and getting together with friends and family. A regional Writer of the Year for American Christian Writers Association in 2004, she was a 2013 Grace Awards finalist and a Reader’s Favorite 2017 Book Award winner.

Gail has published five books, poems, short stories, and several hundred articles. Some of her articles appear in anthologies while two are in museums.

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

I have lots of good southern recipes handed down from my grandmother. There’s no telling how old some of them are, if they came from her mother, grandmother, etc.

How fun. I love the legacy aspect of that.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Stopped Cold.

This story shows readers they’ve all been given a gift or gifts from God to use for him, and their lives are worthwhile.

Things aren’t what they seem in peaceful Mistville, North Carolina. Margaret McWhorter enjoys a laid-back Freshman year in high school swimming and hanging out with friends. Suddenly tragedy strikes when her brother, Sean, suffers a stroke from taking steroids. Now he’s lying unconscious in a hospital, and anger drives Margaret to make the criminals pay. Even the cop on the case can't stop her from investigating.

Looking for justice, she convinces two friends, Jimmy and Emily, to join her in a quest through a twisted, drug-filled sub-culture deep in the woods behind the school. Time and again they walk a treacherous path, and come face-to-face with danger. All the while Margaret really wants to cure Sean, heal the hate inside, and open her heart to love.

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

Just the same as most teens, Margaret must deal with school and extra-curricular activities as she does the best she can to be a good daughter, sister and friend, but she’s doing it under extreme stress. There’s so much to like and admire about her. She takes it upon herself to identify the drug dealers who sold her brother steroids to win in swimming to uphold her father’s tradition of McWhorter winners. Even though her heart’s breaking, she pushes herself to visit Sean in the hospital. She misses her mother, but tries to help her through this sorrowful time by inviting her to come to the hospital chapel. She even manages to have fun with Emily and Jimmy.

What novel would you like to see brought to film?

City of Angels by Tracie Peterson and James Scott Bell.

Tagline: The courtrooms of 1903 Los Angeles are a man’s world––until Kit Shannon arrives.

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

Mind Games by Nancy Mehl. I couldn’t put this book down. There’s a logical reason why several people are the killer, or UNSUB, as he’s called in the book. Just as I was convinced one guy did it, I read why it was another suspect instead. The book’s filled with twists, emotion and suspense that kept me devouring page after page. The characters are so fascinating and real, I felt as though I knew them, and I was on the case with them.

What are you working on now?

A romantic suspense.

Where else can readers find you online?

I love to connect with readers. Visit my website at gailpallotta.com
Amazon author page
Facebook
Blog
Twitter

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

What are you reading?

Thank you, Gail, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your novel. Readers, Gail has offered to give away a free copy of her book. To enter, leave a comment and your email below in answer to her 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, June 17, 2019

Jennifer Hallmark and Free Books!

Can a sliver of hope lead to everlasting love?

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the free copy of North by Starlight, by Diane and David Munson, is:

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

And now let's meet novelist Jennifer Hallmark, author of the contemporary southern novel, Jessie’s Hope (Firefly Southern Fiction, June 2019).

Jennifer Hallmark writes Southern fiction and her website, Alabama-Inspired Fiction, and the group blog, Inspired Prompt, she co-founded, focus on her books, love of the South, and helping writers. She’s published 200+ internet articles and interviews, short stories in magazines, and has co-authored three book compilations.

Jennifer sold her first novel to Firefly Southern fiction (an imprint of Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas) with a release date of June 2019. She also signed with Cyle Young of the Hartline Literary Agency. Jennifer sends out a monthly newsletter, which you can subscribe to here.

Jennifer and her husband, Danny, have spent their married life in Alabama and have a basset hound, Max. When she isn't babysitting or gardening, you can find her at her desk writing fiction or working on one of her two blogs. She also loves reading detective fiction from the Golden Age and viewing movies like Lord of the Rings or Star Wars. Sometimes you can even catch her watching American Ninja Warrior.

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

For twenty years, my husband and I owned two different chicken farms and raised more than a million chickens.

Yikes. That doesn't sound like a small undertaking! 

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Jessie's Hope.

Jessie is a young woman who, at the age of ten, lost her mother and her mobility in an accident. Shortly after, her father walked away also. She is now twenty years old and getting ready to marry. She wants to find her father and peace before the wedding.

Her grandparents, who’ve raised her, are struggling to find the resources to provide her with a wedding and a dress that they think will make up for the past.

While planning for her wedding in the middle of tornado season, Jessie discovers weather isn’t the only obstacle to living happily ever after. What happens when a wedding, an absent father, and weather collide?

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

Her bravery and unselfishness. Jessie never gives up, though at times she is tempted. She also struggles with worry and insecurity like many of us do.

Yes, it sounds like she has to overcome many obstacles, even as a child. That can lead to either strong or weak character, so for her to exhibit bravery and unselfishness is inspiring. 

What novel would you like to see brought to film?

My favorite novel, Rooms, by James L. Rubart. The tagline is “What would you find if you walked into the rooms of your soul?” Doesn’t that sound like the makings of a great movie?

Definitely. Jim always comes up with such interesting ideas for his novels!

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

To Kill a Mockingbird. A classic Southern fiction novel, the story grips you from page one and doesn’t let go. I really enjoyed it.

I agree. Such an excellent book and noble character, despite the controversy stirred with Go Set a Watchman. 

What are you working on now?

I’m editing the second book in the series after Jessie’s Hope. The story is about the antagonist in book one, Angeline Springer. She a completely different personality type than Jessie and I’m having a lot of fun writing her character.

Where else can readers find you online?

www.jenniferhallmark.com
www.inspiredprompt.com
Jennifer Hallmark, Facebook
Twitter
Pinterest
Instagram

My June Blog Tour Giveaway Extravaganza (June 10th-June 30th)
Prizes include:
• $25 Amazon Gift Card
• $10 Starbucks Gift Card
• Print copy of Jessie’s Hope
• 2 Kindle copies of Jessie’s Hope
Giveaway details: Go to my Rafflecopter page to enter and possibly win one of five prizes to be drawn by Rafflecopter. Winners will be revealed on the author’s blog on July 1st. You can only enter by visiting my June blog tour from June 10th until June 30th. My visits include:
June 13th-Jennifer Slattery Lives Out Loud/Jennifer Slattery
June 14th-Favorite Friday Fiction/Me
June 15th-Inspired Prompt/Betty Thomason Owens
June 17th-Author Trish Perry/Trish Perry
June 17th-Southern Writers Magazine
June 18th-Author Liz Tolsma/Liz Tolsma
June 19th-Inspired Prompt/Betty Thomason Owens
June 21st-Snark & Sensibility/Linda Rondeau
June 24th-Fear Warrior/Jerusha Agen
June 24th-June Foster/June Foster
June 25th-Trumpet Tuesdays/Julie Arduini
June 26th-Seriously Write/Sandra Ardoin
June 28th-Heartfelt, Homespun fiction/Cynthia Herron
June 29th-The Write Conversation/Edie Melson

Live links to the above blog pages are provided here.

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

Bullying versus kindness is such a big issue at this time, especially with people who differ from others. How do you react to people who may struggle with physical or other types of challenges?

Thanks, Jennifer, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your novel. Readers, Jennifer has offered to give away a free copy of her book. To enter, leave a comment and your email below in answer to her 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, June 10, 2019

Diane and David Munson and Free Books!

When Attorney Madison Stone goes North by Starlight to protect Jordan Star from an unknown heir trying to steal away the Vermont ski resort he inherited from his late grandfather, her faith in Jesus is rekindled and she finds joy she never imagined was possible.

Before we talk with today's authors, I want to announce that the winner of the free copy of Julia, by Vickie McDonough, is:

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

And now let's meet novelists Diane and David Munson, authors of the inspirational romantic suspense novel, North by Starlight (Micah House Media, Nov/2018), a family-friendly Christian suspense with “too much suspense for a romantic Hallmark movie” and “too much romance for a Hallmark cozy mystery.”

ExFeds, Diane (former Federal prosecutor) and David Munson (former NCIS/DEA Agent) write high velocity Christian thrillers that are family friendly and inspired by their real life cases. This spousal duo create ‘factional fiction’ by weaving events from their exciting and dangerous careers into thrillers, which feature Christian characters living and working in a non-Christian world.

Besides prosecuting felons, Diane has practiced general law and was appointed by President Reagan’s Attorney General to head a department in the Justice Department.

Their books are also peppered with the drama David encountered while he infiltrated and traveled internationally as an undercover federal agent with criminal members of drug cartels.

David served as an investigator for the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations where he worked on national security issues.

Each of their eleven thrillers stand alone; however, the two protagonists do move from book to book. Diane and David’s eleven novels include the bestselling Joshua Covenant, The Looming Storm, and North by Starlight.

The Munsons live within a gated community in an undisclosed location, and are hard at work on their next thriller.

Okay, I have to say, you two are probably the coolest, most intriguing authors I've featured so far.

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

Both of us have ridden elephants, Diane in a political parade, and David in Thailand.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of North By Starlight.

In North by Starlight, after feisty attorney Madison Stone wins a difficult case, her boss insists she head to Starlight, Vermont from her D.C. law firm and save the inheritance of Jordan Star, sole heir of his late grandfather’s Star Mountain ski resort. Maddie has just broken up with her former boyfriend, attorney Stewart Dunham, and so plunges herself in work, desperate for a new challenge.

When she races to defeat the claim of the mystery relative, who is a daughter adopted by Jordan’s aunt Rosalyn, Maddie makes a shocking discovery. Her ex-boyfriend Stewart is the opposing counsel, who she must challenge in court.

Stewart is eager to represent the interloper and will stop at nothing to destroy Maddie’s case. She sharpens her legal skills to outwit Stewart and a greedy mining enterprise bent on changing Starlight forever. While her faith is renewed as she and Jordan form a powerful alliance against geologist Trevor Kirk, the ensuing legal battle leaves her emotionally vulnerable.

In the end, will Maddie save Starlight or will Starlight save Maddie?

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

As the book begins, Maddie is living and working in D.C., and has a wrong focus in her life, putting her trust in her legal career and an unworthy fianc√©. Readers will witness Maddie’s transformation as she temporarily moves to the beautiful Green mountains of Vermont during the Christmas season, where she is influenced by God’s creation in the majestic mountains as well as the friendship and care of the local villagers.

As a result of their kindness to her, Maddie realizes she has ignored her parents and reaches out to them with a deeper love. Her faith walk is renewed and she grows to understand the values of an honorable man as she allows herself to have romantic feelings again.

What novel would you like to see brought to film?

The two series written by Brock and Bodie Theone, entitled The Zion Covenant (9 books about dangerous times leading up to WWII) and The Zion Chronicles, (5 books revealing the events of Israel’s statehood in 1948) are excellent and would make a fabulous mini-series from a Christian perspective.

I love that idea. 

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

The Search by Grace Livingston Hill tells the compelling story of childhood friends and how their lives and faith are changed by the soldier’s enlistment in WWI. Diane has read all of Grace’s 100+ inspirational romances, which are filled with Believers in Jesus living out their faith in tumultuous challenges. This one truly inspires us to live strong and boldly during difficult times.

What are you working on now?

We are writing our twelfth thriller, which promises to be contemporary and exciting, but beyond that, it is embargoed.

I have so much respect for people who are able to work well on collaborative projects, especially couples! 

Where else can readers find you online?

Our print, digital and audio books are all available at Amazon.com, and certain titles are available from ChristianBook.com and BN.com. All of our books are available and autographed, plus more about us and our newsletter and blog are at our website: DianeAndDavidMunson.com

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

How has the demise of brick and mortar bookstores changed the way you obtain Christian books and greeting cards? Besides good blogs, where do you learn of the best books for your taste?

Great question. Thank you, Diane and David for visiting and telling us about yourself and your novel. Readers, Diane and David have offered to give away a free copy of their book. To enter, leave a comment and your email below in answer to their 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, June 3, 2019

Vickie McDonough and Free Books!

When a woman from the North falls in love with a man from the South, just two years after the end of the Civil War, will she obey her father's orders to not see him, or will the pull of forbidden love be too strong to resist?

Before we talk with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the free copy of The Pages of Her Life, by James L. Rubart, is:

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

And now let's revisit novelist Vickie McDonough, author of the Christian historical romance, Julia (Maverick Press, May, 2019).

Vickie McDonough is the best-selling author of 50 books and novellas. Vickie 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’s books have won numerous awards including the Booksellers Best and the Inspirational Choice awards.

When she’s not writing, Vickie enjoys reading, doing stained glass projects, gardening watching movies, and traveling.

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

Two years after the end of the Civil War, Julia Scott left behind the only home she’s known to travel the Santa Fe Trail with her father and little brother. Her father fought in the dreadful war that took the lives of her two older brothers, and he hates all things Southern.

When a man is thrown from a horse, Julia is out riding her mare and rushes to help. Although Taylor Marshall is a Confederate, he and Julia quickly become friends. By the time her father realizes it, Julia has lost her heart to the kind man. When her father forbids her from seeing him, Julia struggles.

Will she say goodbye to Taylor when the trail splits? Or will the pull of forbidden romance be too strong to ignore?

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

Julia is an independent but a kindhearted person who likes to help others. She raised her little brother and kept their farm going after her mother died while her father was still at war. On the trail, she befriends a woman with two young children who loses her husband in an awful accident.

What novel would you like to see brought to film?

Karen Witemeyer has some wonderful books. I’d really like to see her Short-Straw Bride made into a movie.

I love the book's tagline: "Four brothers. Four straws. One bride." Intriguing and, as the description says, "lighthearted." 

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

The last novel I read is Tender Hope by Amanda Cabot. It’s the third book in Cimarron Creek Trilogy, and it has not one, not two, but three romances. I recommend the whole series. While each book is a stand-alone story, there are some excellent twists and turns that run through the whole trilogy. You’ll want to read all three books.

Great recommendation! What are you working on now?

I’m writing a novella called "Twice the Trouble" that will be part of the Mail-Order Standoff Collection. It’s the story of two identical twin sisters who have become mail-order brides. Before they arrive in town to marry two men who are cousins, they decide they want to get to know the men before marrying them. They step off the stage in matching dresses and refuse to tell the cousins which twin is which. The first chapter had me smiling quite a bit.

How fun! All the best with it. 

Where else can readers find you online?

Website: www.vickiemcdonough.com
Newsletter sign-up
Bookbub
Facebook
Twitter
Amazon Author Page
Pinterest
Heroes, Heroines, and History blog

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

The novella I’m writing now is that last story I have planned. I’d like to know what storylines readers would like to see in a Christian romance, maybe something they haven’t yet seen.

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