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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, July 15, 2019

Kimberley Woodhouse and Free Books!

The wilderness is a great place to hide…

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the free copy of Cowboy Groom, by Linda Ford, 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 Kimberley Woodhouse, author of the historical romantic suspense novel, The Express Bride (Barbour Publishing, July 2019).

Kimberley Woodhouse is a CBA and ECPA best-selling and award-winning author of more than twenty fiction and non-fiction books which have earned her many accolades including Christian Retailing’s Top Pick and Publisher’s Weekly starred reviews.

A popular speaker and teacher, she’s shared her theme of “Joy through Trials” with more than a million people across the country at more than 2,000 events. Hundreds of national radio and television appearances have featured Kimberley, her books, and their family’s story.

Kim and her incredible husband of twenty-five-plus years have two adult children. She’s passionate about music, cooking, and loves the gift of story.

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

I had chickens when we lived in Colorado. This surprises most people who know me because I’m a bit of a clean freak. 😊 But I have used it in my next series with Tracie Peterson (The Treasures of Nome Series) to share fun chicken stories.

My dad grew up on a chicken farm. If he hadn't enlisted in WWII, I'd maybe be a chicken-farming gal myself.

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

Jacqueline Rivers manages a Pony Express station in 1860 Utah territory after her father’s death. There are daily stresses placed on her in this unconventional role—and now a government official is asking her to sniff out counterfeiters.

When Elijah Johnson passes through on the stage while on an exhausting quest to find his boss’s heir, he doesn’t want to leave the beguiling station manager. In fact, he may never leave when caught in the crossfire of the territory’s criminal activities.

Can Jackie remain strong when secrets of the past and present are finally unearthed?

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

Even though Jackie – the heroine - has had a happy, simple, and satisfying life up to when we meet her in the story – everything turns upside down for her with the death of her dad and then the truth comes to light. She has to deal with questions of the past – wondering if it was all a lie. And then… she must deal with forgiveness.

Ah, yes, forgiveness. It can be difficult to come to forgiveness when the status you assumed was real and trustworthy is suddenly up-ended.  How do you forgive if you aren't even sure what is true?

Tell us in a few words a scene in your novel and name a song or piece of music that would make a good soundtrack to the moment.

Actually, the opening of the book is a prologue that takes place in 1834 – the song that I hear for that is "No Longer Slaves" by Bethel Music.

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

Sensible Shoes, by Sharon Garlough Brown – because it really makes you think. Lots of great spiritual depth in it.

"The moving story of four strangers as they embark together on a journey of spiritual formation. Youre invited to join these four women as they reluctantly arrive at a retreat center and find themselves drawn out of their separate stories of isolation and struggle and into a collective journey of spiritual practice, mutual support and personal revelation." [cover copy]

That sounds like a meaty novel. 

What are you working on now?

The second book in The Treasures of Nome Series for Bethany House (book one – Forever Hidden – releases January 2020).

Where else can readers find you online?

www.Kimberleywoodhouse.com
Facebook
Twitter
Instagram

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

What would you like to see tackled in a fiction story?

Thank you, Kimberley, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your novel. Readers, Kimberley 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, July 8, 2019

Linda Ford and Free Books!

Their marriage is a business arrangement but will working together enable them to see beyond the painful lessons of their past?

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the free copy of Becoming Us, by Robin Jones Gunn, 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 Linda Ford, author of the western historical romance, Cowboy Groom (Crocus Mountain Publishing, July 2019).

Linda Ford grew up devouring books and making up stories in her head, often late at night when she couldn't sleep. But she hadn't planned to write. Instead, she dreamed of running an orphanage.

In a way, that dream came true. She married, had four homemade children, adopted 10, and lived her dream. She lives on a small ranch in western Alberta, where she can see the mountains every day. She and her husband continue to enjoy their children and grandchildren.

Linda still finds a great deal of enjoyment and satisfaction in creating imaginary worlds, only now she does it on paper or rather, at the computer.

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

I have had an African Grey Parrot for about 30 years now. He will likely outlive me and have to go to one of my children or grandchildren. He talks a lot but only when he chooses to, never when we want him to show off for guests. He is a little (that’s an understatement) particular (as in neurotic) which is a well-known fact in the family. He doesn’t care for toys but loves to tear up cardboard (must be corrugated) and books, so I give him old books to shred.

Wow, he sounds like a book character himself!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Cowboy Groom.

Stella’s fragmented childhood made her vow that her own children would know the security of putting down roots. With her husband dead, she can’t manage the farm on her own. Without help, she is in danger of losing her homestead…and her dream.

Bruce and his Aunt Mary were only supposed to be passing through Glory, Montana. Bruce owes everything to his aunt. She’s the only one who believed him when malicious rumors threatened. Her fragile health requires they stay in Glory, but without a livelihood, how can Bruce support them both?

A marriage in name only would be advantageous for both Bruce and Stella. Aunt Mary sees what they don’t and forecasts they will soon fall in love. Is it possible that living together, working together, and sharing their past in quiet evening hours will make it happen? Or will the lessons of their past keep them from seeing that they are perfect for each other?

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

Stella’s father was a wanderer who promised to settle down but never did. He disrupted her life over and over and taught her the foolishness of trusting a man and his promises. She has sacrificed everything in the hopes of providing stability for her children and yet she is about to lose it all unless she agrees to marry Bruce. He has promised to stay but she knows she can’t count on a promise like that. She’ll accept his help for now but always, in the back of her mind, she is preparing to manage on her own.

Tell us in a few words a scene in your novel and name a song or piece of music that would make a good soundtrack to the moment.

They meet when Bruce carries his injured Aunt Mary into the preacher’s house seeking help. Stella’s young son, Donny, makes an impression on Bruce. Stella is wary of a man who would insist on traveling even though his elderly aunt needs rest. Yet a marriage of convenience offers the only hope she can find. Fearful of losing her farm, she struggles to trust God through this trial.

A song that echoes the moment is "Leaning On The Everlasting Arms".

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

This is really hard.

I’ll have to go with Last Christmas in Paris by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb. It’s not a new book (release date 2017) but I recently got my hands on it. Friends separated by WWI correspond throughout the war, so the story is told in letters. Normally, I don’t care for that and for a story that has two different time lines but this one was done so well. And has a satisfactory ending. It’s a book I have marked ‘worth reading again.’

I appreciate your thinking of a good read even when it wasn't easy--we all like to know what books others recommend. Life is too short to read bad fiction! 

What are you working on now?

My son and his wife recently moved to the Porcupine Hills in SW Alberta. A stunningly beautiful place ideal for ranching. So of course, that got my imagination fired up. I did a little research and am currently writing an historical series in that setting. It’s about four brothers who are ranching there in the 1800s. So far the series has no name, nor do the individual books. The best way to hear what I will call them is to sign up for my newsletter.

Where else can readers find you online?

I have a website www.lindaford.org. On the top left hand side are two sign up options for my newsletter (one offers you a free book). I am on Facebook

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

Oh goodie. I get to ask you a question. I’m curious as to what stories readers like best. In my genre—historical western romance—is there anything you really like and/or things you have seen enough of? Do you like family stories? Mail-order Brides, Marriages of convenience, adventure, travel…anything at all? Thanks so much for feedback.

Thank you Trish for allowing me to visit.

My pleasure! Thank you, Linda, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your novel. Readers, Linda 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, July 1, 2019

Robin Jones Gunn and Free Books!

Becoming Us is what happens when five young women gather as a group of “Haven Makers” and discover they are becoming the moms, sisters and friends they always wished for.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the free copy of Stopped Cold, by Gail Pallotta, 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 Robin Jones Gunn, author of the contemporary women’s fiction release, Becoming Us (WaterBrook/Multnomah, May 2019).

Robin Jones Gunn is the bestselling, Christy Award winning author of 100 books with over 5.5 million copies sold worldwide and is best known for her Christy Miller novels for teens and the Glenbrooke and Sisterchicks® series for women. Robin’s non-fiction titles include Praying for Your Future Husband, co-authored with Tricia Goyer and Victim of Grace.

The Hallmark Channel created three movies based on her Father Christmas novellas. The movies broke a network record by being their highest rated and most watched original movies in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Robin’s love for storytelling and training writers has taken her around the world. She has served on the Board of Directors for Media Associates International and has been a keynote speaker in Africa, Brazil, Europe and Australia as well as Canada and throughout the US.

Robin and her husband have two grown and married children and live in Hawaii.

I sat in one of your classes at ACFW many years ago, Robin, and it was excellent in helping me discover the overall theme God had put on my heart for my writing. Very cool class.

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

We live on Maui and I have made the three day hike through Haleakala crater.

I had no idea you lived in Hawaii! Beautiful.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Becoming Us.

Five young women gather for a simple Christmas party and soon become unlikely best friends. Told from the viewpoint of Emily, a timid young mom going through a difficult season of life, the regular gatherings provide the much needed community she's longed for. As the women begin sharing their life stories they are endeared to each other and find ways to challenge, encourage, and help each other navigate the new season of life they now find themselves in.

When Emily is finally able to open up to Christy, Sierra, Jennalyn and Tess about the struggles that prompted the big move across country to Southern California, she begins to make changes in her heart and home. Those intentional choices soon create a haven for herself, her husband and daughter. Emily settles into the life they now have and experiences the peace that had eluded her for so many years.

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

Readers have told me they relate to the financial struggles and childbirth challenges that Emily and Trevor have been working through. Every woman knows what it’s like to be the new person who enters a group of already established friends. Emily is in the midst of those insecurities when the story begins. She choses to be brave and makes an effort to connect. As she continues to take small, courageous steps she finds that even though her circumstances haven’t changed, she has changed and that’s when the future opens up for her.

You're so right, being that newbie is tough at first. It does take a degree of bravery to sally forth in those circumstances.

Tell us in a few words a scene in your novel and name a song or piece of music that would make a good soundtrack to the moment.

Emily has been given the use of a classy convertible so she and her new friends take off wearing sunglasses and scarves and head down the coast to a special coffee shop in Laguna Beach. They call it their “Grace Kelly Day” and pretend they’re living the lifestyle of the rich and famous. Simply joys are simply the best.

"Girls Just Want to Have Fun" would make a great sing along for the five friends as they take the coastal curves under the California sun, laughing and raising their arms.

Now I'll have that song in my head for days! 

I have to read this book. My sister and I are both fairly new residents of California, and I think Laguna Beach may well be one of our first meeting points. 

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

Most of my reading lately has been yet-to-be-published novels from writers who are working on their craft. I don’t have a specific one I can recommend by title, but I can recommend taking a chance on newly published authors because I’m finding that the stories are getting better and better.

Oh, wait. I just thought of one that was recently published. The title is True: A Contemporary Retelling of Rahab, by S.E. Clancy. I recommend it because as a novella it’s a quick read that captures you on the first page. Clancy did a great job of making this familiar Biblical story feel fresh.

What are you working on now?

I’m in the midst of the rewrites on the sequel to Becoming Us. I’ve written series for many years: Christy Miller, Sierra Jensen, Katie Weldon, Glenbrooke, Sisterchicks® and now the Haven Makers series. This second book is from the first person POV of Jennalyn, one of the other women in the Haven Makers group.

Where else can readers find you online?

www.ChristyMiller.com
www.RobinGunn.com
Facebook
Instagram and Twitter @robingunn

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

Do you enjoy watching movies based on your favorite books? Or do you avoid some book-to-film productions because you’re afraid they’ll ruin a story you loved?

Thank you, Robin, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your novel. Readers, Robin 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

 

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