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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, September 30, 2019

DiAnn Mills and Free Books!

Two FBI agents seek a twenty-two-year-old male suspected of murdering a judge by injecting a deadly dose of rattlesnake venom, but a distraught mother and a priest lead the agents to uncover the workings of a plot designed to destroy thousands of people.

Before we visit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the free copy of Melanie Dobson's time-slip novel, Memories of Glass, is:

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

And now let's talk with novelist DiAnn Mills, author of the romantic suspense novel, Fatal Strike (Tyndale, September 2019).

DiAnn Mills is a bestselling author who believes her readers should expect an adventure. She is a storyteller and creates action-packed, suspense-filled novels to thrill readers. Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists; won two Christy Awards; and been finalists for the RITA, Daphne Du Maurier, Inspirational Readers’ Choice, and Carol award contests.

DiAnn is a founding board member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, a member of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and International Thriller Writers. She is the director of the Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference, Mountainside Marketing Retreat, and Mountainside Novelist Retreat with social media specialist Edie Melson where she continues her passion for helping other writers be successful.

DiAnn speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops around the country.

My goodness, what a resume you have, DiAnn! 

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

I’m a very picky eater, mostly vegetarian.

Ah, to be a picky eater. I wouldn't mind liking a little less food.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Fatal Strike.

There’s a killer on the loose in Galveston, targeting law enforcement officials and using a fatal injection of snake venom to take them down. Authorities have reasons to believe the Veneno gang is behind the hits, and FBI Agents Leah Riesel and Jon Colbert team up to track down those responsible. Their best lead is an eyewitness who identifies a young man dumping the third body on a church doorstep. But their suspect has gone into hiding, and those closest to him are reluctant to reveal anything that might help investigators find him.

As Leah and Jon check connections among the victims and dig deeper into motives, they discover appearances may be deceiving. Someone is desperate to keep their secrets hidden, and Leah and Jon must face their greatest fears in order to stop the next fatal strike.

That's an exciting and intense premise, especially when coupled with your one-sentence summary at the top of the post. And I love the cover, by the way.

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

FBI Special Agent Leah Riesel has dedicated her life to keeping people safe. She’s a sniper with FBI SWAT and a private person. Her estranged family lives in New York City, and she desperately wants a relationship with them.

Who is one of your favorite mainstream authors?

Joel Rosenberg. He creates stories that allow me to experience characters who walk through life with purpose, meaning, and sacrifice. Every Joel Rosenberg book is a lesson in master craftsmanship and causes me to lose time and space during his exciting stories.

I've mentioned this in the past, but maybe not here. Years ago I attended the same church as Joel and his wife and kids in the Washington, DC area. This was shortly before he published his first novel, The Last Jihad, and he and his wife were in the Young Marrieds Bible study class with us. He was a humble man, and I had no idea he was so gifted and insightful. You just never know.      

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

Run Away by Harlan Coben is about a man desperate to find his runaway daughter. Throughout the story, the reader feels the father’s unconditional love. His search in unsavory places proves he will not give up until he finds her.

What are you working on now?

I just finished a romantic suspense titled Airborne. An FBI agent boards a plane for Salzburg, Austria for a much-needed vacation and to make decisions about her future. Her husband has asked for a divorce, and he doesn’t know she’s pregnant. Two hours into the flight, several people on board begin showing symptoms of a deadly virus.

We'll definitely have to watch for that release, DiAnn!

Where else can readers find you online?

Website
Facebook
Twitter
Instagram
LinkedIn
BookBub
Pinterest
Goodreads
YouTube

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

What traits make a story unforgettable for you and moves you to see what other books that author has written?

Great question. Thank you, DiAnn, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your novel. Readers, DiAnn 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.

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, September 23, 2019

Melanie Dobson and Free Books!

Inspired by an incredible rescue in Amsterdam during World War II, Memories of Glass shines light on Holland’s darkest history and her bravest heroes.

Before we visit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the free copy of my romantic-comedy novel set, Love at Millicent's Tea Shop, is:

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Congratulations! I'll get your book set 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 Melanie Dobson, author of the time-slip novel (with stories from both the present and past), Memories of Glass (Tyndale House Publishers, September 2019).

Writing fiction is Melanie Dobson’s excuse to explore abandoned houses, travel to unique places, and spend hours reading old books and journals. The award-winning author of almost twenty books, Melanie enjoys stitching together both time-slip and historical novels including Memories of Glass, Hidden Among the Stars, and Catching the Wind.

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

I love old cemeteries! My poor husband isn’t quite as enamored by this passion-of-mine, but I could spend hours upon hours reading epitaphs and wondering at the stories.

I so agree! I imagine as a historical fiction writer, you get a lot of story inspiration from the little information provided on the epitaphs.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Memories of Glass.

Memories of Glass is a time-slip novel inspired by the Dutch men and women during World War II who rescued more than six hundred Jewish children from a deportation center in Amsterdam.

Almost eighty years later, Ava Drake, the director of the prestigious Kingston Foundation, begins to uncover the devastating story about her family’s role in financing Hitler. As she and a child advocate named Landon West dig into the past, Ava discovers that her story is intertwined with the West family and an elderly Dutch woman who has spent a lifetime remembering a boy who was lost during the war. A boy she never expected to find.

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

Josie van Rees is a student in Amsterdam who delivers letters for the Dutch resistance. She wants to rescue the Jewish children being deported by their Nazi occupiers, but it seems impossible for her to help.

In the contemporary story, Ava Drake begins to research her great-grandfather’s work as an investor during World War II, but her entire family, it seems, is determined to stop her from finding the truth.

Who is one of your favorite mainstream authors?

Kate Morton is a master of the time-slip genre. I love how she weaves together a story with lyrical prose and a mystery that spans generations

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

I just finished the stunning time-slip novel by Amanda Dykes called Whose Waves These Are. This story takes readers on a journey to an island in Maine with characters that will—well, read the reviews and then the book. It’s one of those beautiful stories that’s impossible to summarize in a few words.

I don't think I realized how prevalent the time-slip genre was. I've loved every novel I've read in that style so far. They've always made history feel more relevant to what's happening in the contemporary world.

What are you working on now?

I just returned from a trip to Germany, researching for my next novel. This new story is about the Nazi quest to find their Aryan roots and a female archeologist in the 1940s who has to make some terrifying choices to survive. It’s also a story about a woman years later trying to out what happened to her family.

Where else can readers find you online?

I love connecting with my readers! The best places to find me are on my website: www.melaniedobson.com, on Facebook, and at @MelBDobson on Twitter

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

A friend and I recently launched the new website timeslipfiction.com. Do you have a favorite time-slip (also known as split-time) novel?

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

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, September 16, 2019

Love at Millicent's Tea Shop: Two-Novel Set Giveaway!

Pull up a comfy chair, settle in with your favorite cup of tea, and enjoy this romantic-comedy two-novel set.

Before featuring the giveaway of my newly released two-novel-set, I want to announce that the winner of the free copy of Field of Redemption, by Lori Bates Wright, is:

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and the winner of the free copy of Trapped, by Lillian Duncan, is:

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Congratulations! 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 I want to announce that my two Millicent Tea Shop novels have been released in an e-book set called Love at Millicet's Tea Shop. You might be familiar with the titles of the two novels, The Perfect Blend and Tea for Two. Here's the cover copy for the set:

British expat, Millicent Ashford Jewell, welcomes friends and strangers to Milly’s Tea Shop in charming Middleburg, Virginia, where more than one romance has found its spark. Two such stories are featured in Love at Millicent's Tea Shop. If you enjoy the novels of Debbie Macomber, you’ll love these romances set in a small town with a big heart.

THE PERFECT BLEND

Steph Vandergrift is in need of a job. She left everything behind to elope with Middleburg attorney Rick Manfred, never imagining he would stand her up at the altar. Now, hoping just to get by until she can decide what to do next, Steph thinks she’s found the perfect position at the local tea shop.

Kendall James, one of the kindest and most eligible bachelors in the area, meets Steph and proceeds to pursue her. But by the time Steph feels able to consider dating again, her runaway fiancé returns and tries to win her back. Steph is wary, but she and Rick always seemed to blend so well. Are they truly meant to be together, or does God have something else in mind?

TEA FOR TWO

Counselor Tina Milano has been visiting Milly's Tea Shop regularly for the past several months. She has many friends but no steady man in her life. Zack Cooper is a local farmer who provides Milly with fresh fruit and vegetables. As a single parent, Zack is doing his best to raise his teenage son and daughter on his own.

When the kids get in minor scrapes with the law, Milly gently encourages Zack and Tina to work together to draw the teens back before their rebellious natures land them in even hotter water. At first Tina sees the relationship in only a professional capacity, but soon her friends notice the luscious scent of romance in the air and decide to help things along.

Tea for Two is a faith-filled novel that explores the delight of second chances, warm friendship, and unexpected romantic encounters.

The two-novel set is available for online purchase at the following button:



Let me ask you a question. I've written for a few series in the past, and I like that e-book formats make it easier to purchase entire sets at once like this. Each of these novels is also still available in individual format as well. Considering that quite a bit of time usually goes by between individual book releases, are you more likely to purchase a full series like this or individual books, one at a time? 

I'm going to give away an e-copy of the set to a subscriber or someone who answers my question, above. The drawing is done by email, so leave your answer and your email (like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com) in the comments section below. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Remember that U.S. subscribers are entered an additional time in each drawing.

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.

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, September 9, 2019

Lillian Duncan and Free Books!

Trapped in a basement, wearing only a T-shirt. The dirt is his—the blood is hers.

Before we meet today's author, I first want to apologize to my readers and featured authors for my delay in posting my author interviews for the past two weeks. If I may briefly share something personal: my adult son was in a near-fatal accident while on vacation in Kauai last week. Many of you have followed the unfolding of events in my Facebook posts, and your prayers have been an extremely moving blessing.

We are still very much focused on his recovery--he's staying with me during that process. So my normal activities have been curtailed some, and your continued prayers for my son, Tucker, are very much appreciated.

That said, I'm trying to resume some normalcy amidst the chaos, so here we go.

Today there will be two featured authors. But first, I want to announce that the winner of the free copy of Lord of Her Heart, by Sherrinda Ketchersid, 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 today's first novelist, Lillian Duncan, author of the romantic suspense novel, Trapped (Harbourlight Books; September 2019).

Lillian Duncan… turning faith into fiction.

Lillian is a multi-published author who lives in the middle of Ohio Amish country with her husband. After more than 30 years working as a speech pathologist for children, she believes in the power of words to transform lives, especially God’s Word.

She loves to write stories that entertain but also demonstrate God’s love for all of us.

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

I’m very short—only 4’8”.

As is said about my two favorite dancers on So You Think You Can Dance, "small but mighty!" 

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

Angelina has the perfect life—until she’s kidnapped. Even though she’s rescued, she continues to be trapped by the memories she can’t forget. But as she takes steps to become healthier, she begins to have delusions that someone is still after her—are they delusions or reality?

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

We get to watch her go from being a selfish heiress to someone who really cares about others and is willing to go beyond the expected to help others.

Who is one of your favorite mainstream authors?

There are too many to pick just one—but I’ll try. I love James Patterson’s books, especially the Alex Cross novels.

I get you on that question. I love many authors, and it's difficult to pick one above the others.

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

Meet in the Middle by LoRee Peery. I’m not a big romance novel fan, but this novel is sweet and cute. It was fun to read. Perfect for the beach.

What are you working on now?

I’m in the middle of edits for my next book—Jane Doe. And I’m busy promoting Trapped as well as The David Years. The David Years was released in August and is the second in my Puzzle House series.

Where else can readers find you online?

My blog/website is at www.lillian-duncan.com

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



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

How do you pick books? From the cover? From the back cover blurb? Or just on the reputation of the author?

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

Be sure to check out today's bonus featured author interview with Lori Bates Wright, below. Lori will discuss her new release, and there will be a separate drawing for a free copy of her book.

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.

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

Lori Bates Wright and Free Books

The fate of a Union nurse caught behind enemy lines lies in the hands a Confederate officer with a jaded secret.

And now let's meet novelist Lori Bates Wright, author of the inspirational historical romance, Field of Redemption (SierraVista Books, July 2019).

Lori Bates Wright is that an award-winning author of Christian Fiction who has a fascination with history and a soft spot for love stories.

Raised in New Mexico, she now lives in Texas with her husband of 34 years. She has two grown kids and four adorable grand boys (who leap tall buildings in a single bound!)

When she's not writing you'll most likely find her sipping coffee and daydreaming on the porch swing.

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

My favorite sandwich is peanut butter and pickle. With a side of Barbecue chips! Lol! My kids grew up thinking this was completely normal.

That sounds so much like a pregnancy snack!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Field of Redemption.

When devoted governess, Abigail McFadden, discovers her charge has run off to join the Union army on his fourteenth birthday, her impetuous decision to go after him catapults her behind enemy lines and into a life-changing fight for survival.

Failing to locate the boy, Abby is stranded in Confederate Georgia with no means to get home. After taking a nursing position in Macon's confederate hospital, she comes under suspicion as a union spy. Her only consolation is the work she does outside of the hospital walls in a shanty town of unwanted orphans.

Confederate Officer, Ian Saberton, a theological graduate of Yale, is thrust into war and forced to choose sides. His greatest struggle becomes a fight for his soul as his faith and deep convictions are put to the test.

When Sherman advances on Atlanta, Ian is sent to prepare his home state for enemy invasion. Headquartered in Macon, he encounters a town full of civilians oblivious to the imminent danger bearing down on them. He and his men must see the city secured, while avoiding a passel of matchmaking socialites determined to see him married.

When Abby is brought up on false charges and scheduled to be hanged, she has no choice but to trust the handsome Confederate officer who offers the only way of escape.

Exciting! What is it about Abby and Ian that will make your readers care about them?

Though they are on opposite sides, they have a common goal - to see an end to the devastation brought on by a war that has severed their beloved country.

Who is one of your favorite mainstream authors?

Mary Higgins Clark. She has had 51 best-selling novels in her 45 year career. And while I definitely have my favorites, there isn’t one of her stories that fails to draw the reader into an intriguing mystery.

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

Until the Mountains Fall by Connilyn Cossette. Though it’s Biblical Fiction, she writes such relatable characters that it feels like you are there. This story was powerful with a really emotionally satisfying ending.

What are you working on now?

Book Three of The Saberton Legacy which features youngest brother, Zachery.

Where else can readers find you online?

My website is: www.loribateswright.com
Facebook
BookBub
Goodreads

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



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

What era is your favorite read about?

Thank you, Lori, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your novel. Readers, Lori has also 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.

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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