WHAT'S IT GOING TO BE?

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!

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 1, 2020

Denise Hunter and Free Books!

When a jilted starlet flees Hollywood to the location of her would-be honeymoon, she finds unexpected love in the form of a handsome innkeeper.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the free copy of Suzanne Woods Fisher's contemporary novel, A Coastal Breeze, 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 chat with novelist Denise Hunter, author of the contemporary romance, Carolina Breeze (Thomas Nelson, May 2020).

Denise Hunter is the internationally published bestselling author of more than 35 contemporary romances, three of which have been adapted into Hallmark original movies.

When Denise isn't orchestrating love on the written page, she enjoys traveling with her family, playing drums, and reading as much as humanly possible. After raising three boys in Indiana, she and her husband are rapidly approaching an empty nest.

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

When I was in my early 30s I taught myself how to play the drums, having never played an instrument of any kind. For about 15 years I served as my church’s drummer.

I remember seeing you play during worship at a conference years ago. I thought that was about the coolest thing I'd ever seen a fellow author do!

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

Rising Hollywood star Mia Emerson is looking for a safe place to land in the wake of a public breakup and celebrity scandal, and she finds it in the lake town of Bluebell, North Carolina—the location of her canceled honeymoon. She wants nothing more than to hide and wait for the tabloids to die down.

Soon after her arrival at the Bluebell Inn, Mia meets Levi Bennett, who runs the inn along with his two younger sisters. Drawn to one another from the start, Mia trusts Levi to keep her location from the press, and Levi confides in Mia about the precarious financial state of the inn—a secret he’s been keeping from his sisters.

When Mia and Levi discover an old journal that hints at a rare diamond necklace hidden in the inn, they set off on a treasure hunt to find the long-lost heirloom. What they don’t expect to surface are feelings they thought were safely locked away. Mia and Levi must decide if falling in love again is too big a risk—or if it will uncover a treasure of its own instead.

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

Even though Mia is a celebrity, readers will relate to her longing for family and a real home. When the media invades her life, and the trolls judge her unfairly, readers will empathize with her desire for privacy and justice.

If your publisher asked you to write a novel incorporating the coronavirus in some respect, what might you write about?

Since sheltering-in-place would be a given, I’d write about a man and woman who share a mutual dislike for one another, being quarantined together. I love a romance with lots of chemistry—even more so if there’s a crucible holding them together.

Oh, yes, so do I. Like It Happened One Night. That dynamic really can be so romantic, if the spark-inducing friction is there.

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

I’m Colleen Coble’s critique partner and have been for over 20 years, practically since we both started writing. I love her writing! Her current series, the Pelican Harbor series, is my all-time favorite of hers. It starts with One Little Lie.

Colleen weaves a riveting tale about a woman who must step into the role of sheriff, a position formerly occupied by her father, who is now accused of murder. The twists and turns will keep you entertained, and the slow-burn romance will make you swoon!

What are you working on now?

I’m currently plotting out a novella about a woman who must take a road trip with the man who once broke her heart. See what I mean about loving a good crucible?

Can't have a good story without conflict, right? We'll keep our eyes peeled for that one.

Where else can readers find you online?

I’m on a few social media sites:

Facebook
Instagram
Twitter

My website is always a good source of information. Also, for readers who’d like to stay in touch, there’s my newsletter—I give away Amazon cards and signed books with each one.

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If you would like to read a sample from the book, it's available HERE

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

If you could read a series set anywhere, what town or city would you like it to be set in?

Thanks, Denise, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your book. Readers, Denise 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.

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Monday, May 25, 2020

Suzanne Woods Fisher and Free Books!

As summer comes to Three Sisters Island in Maine, Maddie Grayson has to answer this question: What takes more courage--holding on or letting go?

Before we chat with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the free copy of Beth Vogt's new women's fiction release, The Best We've Been, 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 again with novelist Suzanne Woods Fisher, author of the contemporary novel, On a Coastal Breeze, book 2 in the Three Sisters Island series (Revell Books, May 2020).

With over one million copies of her books sold worldwide, Suzanne Woods Fisher is the best-selling, award winning author of more than thirty books, ranging from non-fiction books, to children’s books, to novels.

She lives with her very big family in northern California.

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

I play tennis. Quite a bit of it. In fact, I’m a captain for several USTA and recreational leagues. Years ago, I played against an elderly woman who gave me a wonderful piece of advice. “Don’t ever stop,” she said. She meant it for tennis, but I took it as wisdom for aging in general. By the way, she beat me soundly.

Oh, she's so right! My daughter and son-in-law have become avid players, and they're in far better shape than I was at their age. I can see how sticking with it could keep one healthy. But you're right, as well. It's so important to stay active both physically and mentally. 

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of On a Coastal Breeze.

Life is good for Madison Grayson. Newly licensed as a marriage and family therapist, she can’t wait to start her practice. Maddie feels like she’s finally found her sweet spot. Not even one panic attack in the last year. Not one.

And then Ricky O’Shea drops in. Literally. The one man in the world she hoped never to see again—the one who’d been her archnemesis from kindergarten through Senior Prom—parachutes into town, landing on Boon Dock. Now Pastor Rick, the new minister on Three Sisters Island.

Time to panic.

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

Maddie is in between two sisters, a middle child in every way. She’s the heart of the family, holding everyone together through thick or thin. Her sisters would call it Velcro, or perhaps a sticky, suffocating glue.

Maddie has a tendency toward catastrophic thinking, but when you’ve faced the worst-case scenario, you know it can happen. And probably will.

Have you ever written a novel with a seasonal (or holiday) setting/theme? If you had to choose a seasonal or holiday setting, which would you choose?

I’ve written two novels set during the Christmas season (Christmas at Rose Hill Farm and A Lancaster County Christmas). I’ve loved writing them for two reasons: winter scenes create a wonderful backdrop. And Christmas novels have happy endings. After all, the entire point of Christmas is a joy-filled miracle: Emmanuel, God is with us.

Amen to that. I love being able to read a good Christmas novel during the season.

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

A Gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towles. Such a creative story about a life lived in community in the most unlikely setting.

Hmm. I visited the book's page on Amazon. Towles has wonderful ideas for his novels, including the one you mentioned. Truly creative. Thanks for that recommendation.

What are you working on now?

Book 3 in the Three Sisters Island series. It’s such fun to swoop back to this island—I know it so well that I feel as if I’m jumping right into it. Every nook and cranny, bird and beach, quirky characters. You know what they say: A small town is just like a big family.

I've never been to Niagara Falls or anywhere in the area of Three Sisters Island. I'll have to check out your series and visit that part of the country vicariously (which is the only way any of us can visit anywhere at the moment).

Where else can readers find you online?

Well! I’m so glad you asked. I love connecting with readers. Here’s lots of places to cross paths:

www.suzannewoodsfisher.com
Facebook
Twitter @suzannewfisher
Instagram @suzannewoodsfisher
Bookbub
Goodreads
Amazon Author Page
Pinterest
Join my list

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

What silver lining have you discovered during your state’s Shelter-in-Place order? I know all the bad stuff (anxiety, worry, missing special events and celebration, just missing a regular life)…but what about the good stuff? Like…having extra time? Slowing down? Cleaning out closets? Reading good books? I’d love to hear about your silver lining.

Thanks, Suzanne, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your book. Readers, Suzanne 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: as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases; 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 18, 2020

Short-term Sale on Two-Novel Set!



For the ninth week in a row, I hope to provide you some accessible fun over our period of lockdown by dropping my book prices.


For five more days--through Saturday, May 23--my two-novel set, Love at Millicent's Tea Shop, is available in e-book format for only 99 cents. (I'll continue to feature other books at sale prices in future weeks.)

The set includes two of my contemporary romantic novels.

"Pull up a comfy chair, settle in with your favorite cup of tea, and enjoy this romantic-comedy two-novel set from award-winning novelist Trish Perry.

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.

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I hope you'll take advantage of this story while it's so readily available. And please remember to read about featured author, Beth Vogt, below, and subscribe and/or leave your answer to her question to be entered in the drawing for a free copy of her new release!

Beth Vogt and Free Books!

How can you choose what is right for you when your decision will break the heart of someone you love?

Before we chat with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the free copy of Tara Ross's contemporary YA novel, Fade to White, 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 chat with novelist Beth Vogt, author of the new women’s fiction release, The Best We’ve Been (Tyndale House Publishers, May 2020).

Beth K. Vogt believes God’s best often waits behind the doors marked “Never.” Having authored nine contemporary romance novels and novellas, The Best We’ve Been, the final book in Beth’s Thatcher Sisters Series with Tyndale House Publishers, released May 2020. Other books in the women’s fiction series include Things I Never Told You, which won the 2019 AWSA Award for Contemporary Novel of the Year, and Moments We Forget.

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 Learn How to Write a Novel 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.

For years, I had a secret desire to skydive. It was a way to confront my fears in a big way – just jump out of a plane, right? But since having back surgery, I’m thinking my surgeon would say no to that. And the reality is, I’ve confronted a lot of my fears through my writing.

Wow, that's quite a head-on approach to confronting one's fears! I know sometimes writing can feel just as daring, though.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of The Best We've Been.

Having abandoned her childhood dream years ago, Johanna Thatcher knows what she wants from life. Discovering that her fiancé was cheating on her only convinces Johanna it’s best to maintain control and protect her heart.



Despite years of distance and friction, Johanna and her sisters, Jillian and Payton, have moved from a truce toward a fragile friendship. But then Johanna reveals she has the one thing Jillian wants most and may never have—and Johanna doesn’t want it. As Johanna wrestles with a choice that will change her life and her relationships with her sisters forever, the cracks in Jillian’s marriage and faith deepen.

Through it all, the Thatcher sisters must decide once and for all what it means to be family.

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

It would be easy to just label Johanna a control freak, someone who has to hyper-manage her life and everyone else’s life, too. But there’s more to Johanna than that – more to her story. And isn’t that true for all of us? Don’t we all want to be understood for more than just our surface actions? To be truly seen and understood?

Definitely. And control freaks don't usually choose to be such. The story behind that behavior can be very interesting.

Have you ever written a novel with a seasonal (or holiday) setting/theme? If you had to choose a seasonal or holiday setting, which would you choose? Why?

My novella, A November Bride, is featured in the Autumn Brides section of the Year of Weddings novella collection. I wove in the Sadie Hawkins holiday, and had a lot of fun with it.

A lot of readers love Christmas stories, and so I’ve thought of writing one, but as women’s fiction author, it would have a complicated family relationship vibe.

Some of my favorite Christmas-themed stories have involved complicated family relationships! I still remember lying in the tub, reading The Christmas Shoes, crying like a baby. 

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

I’m trying to read more in 2020. Not being on a specific deadline plus the COVID19 social distancing requirement has helped with that goal. Susan May Warren’s Way of the Brave was a page-turner and I laughed out loud while reading Jenny B. Jones’s Enchanted Events Mystery Series. She writes the most unpredictable plots and characters.

What are you working on now?

I’m mulling over two different stories, both women’s fiction. One has a bit more humor in it, and one, well, it just may be the most challenging novel I’ve written. Mulling is an important part of the writing process for me. It requires a lot of walking around my house and also Face Timing with my friend and mentor, Rachel Hauck, to toss around ideas while I consider possible plot lines.

Rachel is a very giving author. What a great brainstorming partner!

Where else can readers find you online?

Website/blog
Instagram
Facebook
Twitter
Pinterest
Goodreads
Amazon Author Page
BookBub
My Dream Readers


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Readers, if you would like to read a sample from the book, click HERE

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

Have you ever had to make a choice that you know would hurt someone else? How were you able to make the decision?

Thank you, Beth, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your book. 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 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: as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases; 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 11, 2020

Short-term Sale on A Special Kind of Double!

For the eighth week in a row, I hope to provide you some accessible fun over our period of lockdown by dropping my book prices.

For five more days--through Saturday, May 16--my romantic suspense novel, A Special Kind of Double, is available in e-book format for only 99 cents. (I'll continue to feature other books at sale prices in future weeks.)

Here is the summary of this romantic suspense:

A Special Kind of Double

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.

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I hope you'll take advantage of this story while it's so readily available. And please remember to read about featured author, Tara Ross, below, and subscribe and/or leave your answer to her question to be entered in the drawing for a free copy of her new release!

Tara Ross and Free Books!

Thea Fenton has a unique gift.

Now, she needs to figure out what to do with it.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the free copy of Linda Shenton Matchett's historic romance, Spies & Sweethearts, is:

mauback55@...

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 Tara Ross, author of the Inspirational Contemporary YA (with a touch of Magical Realism) novel, Fade to White (IlluminateYA/LPC, May 2020).

As a teen, Tara K. Ross discovered how well-written prose can change the trajectory of a person's life. Case in point: her life. She now passes along this wisdom through her work as a school speech-language pathologist and mentor with local youth programs. She is also blessed with a ridiculously supportive family that grants her time to create stories that tackle the interplay of faith and mental health. Fade to White is her debut novel.

​When Tara is not writing or reading all things YA, you can find her rock climbing the Ontario escarpment, planning her family's next jungle trek, interviewing authors on The Hope Prose Podcast, or blogging at www.tarakross.com.

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

In a previous life, I loved to act. My favorite role was playing Susy, a young blind woman in the stage production of Wait Until Dark (originally made famous by Audrey Hepburn in the 1967 film adaptation). After having children, finding time for theatre was difficult, so I turned my previous passion for reading scripts into a new joy for reading aloud to my children. Now with eight years of reading under my belt, I’m dabbling with the idea of audiobook narrating.

I remember that film! Terrifying! That's quite a role.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Fade to White.

Thea Fenton’s life looks picture-perfect, but inside, she is falling apart. Wracked by anxiety no one seems to understand or care about, she resorts to self-harm to deflect the pain inside.

​When a local teen commits suicide, Thea’s anxiety skyrockets. Unexplainable things happen, leaving her feeling trapped within her own chaotic mind. The lines between reality and another world start to blur, and her previously mundane issues seem more daunting and insurmountable than ever.

​Then she meets Khi, a mysterious new boy from the coffee shop who seems to know her better than she knows herself—and doesn’t think she’s crazy. His quiet confidence and unfounded familiarity draw her into an unconventional friendship.

​Khi journeys with her through grief, fear, and confusion to arrive at compassion for the one person Thea never thought she could love.

​Intriguing premise. What is it about Thea that will make your readers care about her?

Thea is like so many of us, trying to hold it together on the outside, while falling apart beneath the surface. In Thea, we are given permission to explore how grief, anxiety and confusion can be confronted. This is one girl’s story, but these emotional states extend to all of us. She journeys imperfectly – acts irrationally, speaks too quickly and lives with many regrets, but through her repeated mistakes we are reminded of our own humanity and need for hope.

That's beautiful, Tara. Especially during this very weird quarantine experience, I'm sure many people feel anxiety they never anticipated. It might be easier than ever to identify with Thea.

Have you ever written a novel with a seasonal (or holiday) setting/theme? If you had to choose a seasonal or holiday setting, which would you choose?

Both Fade to White and my current WIP are set in late fall. I chose this time of year very intentionally. It is ironically my least favourite season. I find the lead up to Christmas excruciating. It’s self-imposed and ridiculous, but my internal headspace is a fright from October to December. I wanted to draw attention to how challenging November can be for people who suffer from mental illness. In Canada, the days become progressively shorter, and colder. We begin to hibernate and isolate ourselves from others, and all too often, as the world around us begins to decay and freeze, we embody these same emotions. I wanted to share that even within this season of endings, there are possibilities for new beginnings.

The weather component of what you're describing really hits home for me. I've lived most of my life in the Washington Metropolitan Area, and over the years I came to dread the dark, icy winter months. I'm on the west coast now and thriving in the warm weather! I don't have SADS, but I completely understand why people experience it. 

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

I recently read and adored All Manner of Things, by Susie Finkbeiner. This was a novel that I did not know I wanted to read. I met Susie at a writer’s conference two years ago and knew from first conversation that I did want to be her friend. She has a genuine and warm personality and despite my nobody status, offered encouragement that will stay with me for years.

I don’t usually read historical novels, and I purchased a copy of Susie’s book not knowing what to expect. I wasn’t expecting to be deeply affected by her writing, or to reread portions of her story for the better part of a year. I didn’t know I would be taken on a journey to the inner most heart of a family. That her characterizations would leave new friends in my life. I didn’t expect that a plot without cliffhangers at each chapter end could keep me turning pages faster than a thriller. That with each letter or richly crafted scene, I would fall more in love with this novel. Susie is masterful at her craft and an author that every writer must read, if not for the emotional journey, then for the free lessons on craft.

Lovely recommendation! What are you working on now?

I can’t wait to blurt to the world about my next contemporary YA novel, but unfortunately, I am not at liberty to give too much away yet. I can share that some of the characters from Fade to White may make cameo appearances in this next novel. I continue to weave themes of faith and mental health into the story, but this time I dive more heavily into the use of technology and how it affects our self-image.

Where else can readers find you online?

Website
Instagram: @ tara.k.ross
Twitter: @tara_k_ross
Goodreads
Facebook
Amazon author page


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

Do you read across genres or tend to stick closely to one? What would encourage you to step outside your reading comfort zone?

Thanks again for hosting me on your blog!

My pleasure, Tara. And thanks for visiting and telling us about yourself and your book. Readers, Tara 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: as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases; 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 4, 2020

Short-term Sale on Together by Design!

For the seventh week in a row, I hope to provide you some accessible fun over our period of lockdown by dropping my book prices.

For five more days--through Saturday, May 9--my contemporary romance, Together By Design, is available in e-book format for only 99 cents. (I'll continue to feature other books at sale prices in future weeks.)

Here is the summary of this contemporary romance:

Together By Design

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?

The book can be purchased via the following button (the price will lower on the site):




I hope you'll take advantage of this story while it's so readily available. And please remember to read about featured author, Linda Matchett, below, and subscribe and/or leave your answer to her question to be entered in the drawing for a free copy of her new release!

Monday, April 27, 2020

Short-term Sale on Local Girl!

For the sixth week in a row, I hope to provide you some accessible fun over our period of lockdown by dropping my book prices.

For five more days--through Saturday, May 2
--my contemporary romance, Local Girl, is available in e-book format for only 99 cents. (I'll continue to feature other books at sale prices in future weeks.)

Here is the summary of this contemporary romance:

Local Girl

Entrepreneur Edie Keegan achieves ever-growing acclaim for her popular Local Girl perfume. Her romantic life hasn’t been quite as successful, but that’s fine with her. As she insists to her matchmaking friend, Sara-Penny Butler, she’s not in the market for love. But Sara-Penny knows better, and she understands Edie and her painful past more than Edie realizes.

When Ben Walsh, the town veterinarian, turns Edie’s head, she questions whether love is worth the risk of getting hurt, whether Ben is the man for her (despite her cat allergies), and whether Sara-Penny is ever going to mind her own business.


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I hope you'll take advantage of this story while it's so readily available. And please remember to read about featured author, Linda Matchett, below, and subscribe and/or leave your answer to her question to be entered in the drawing for a free copy of her new release!

Linda Shenton Matchett and Free Books!

A secret mission…a fake bride…a run for their lives.

Before we chat with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the free copy of Dawn Kinzer's contemporary romance, By All Appearances, 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 Linda Shenton Matchett, author of the historic romance novel, Spies & Sweethearts (Shortwave Press, April 2020).

Linda Shenton Matchett writes about ordinary people who did extraordinary things in days gone by. A volunteer docent and archivist for the Wright Museum of WWII, Linda is also a trustee for her local public library. She is a native of Baltimore, Maryland and was born a stone’s throw from Fort McHenry.

Linda has lived in historic places all her life, and is now located in central New Hampshire where her favorite activities include exploring historic sites and immersing herself in the imaginary worlds created by other authors.

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

I took shooting lessons last year.

What fun! I took handgun lessons years ago (and never shot another one, but that's beside the point). It was a fun experience. 

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Spies & Sweethearts.

According to the OSS training manual, the life expectancy of a radio operator in Nazi-occupied France is six weeks. Partnered with one of the agency’s top spies, Gerard Lucas, newly-minted agent Emily Strealer plans to beat those odds. Then their cover is blown and all bets are off. The border to neutral Switzerland is three hundred miles away—a long way to run with SS soldiers on their heels.

Will Emily and Gerard survive the journey?

And what about their hearts? Nothing in the manual prepared them for falling in love.

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

Emily is the youngest of three sisters and as such, has always felt the need to prove herself. She tries to make good decisions, but often second guesses and compares herself to others. I think that many of us have “imposter syndrome,” and readers will be able to relate to her struggle with self-confidence.

What kind of brainstorming do you when beginning a new novel?

I am fascinated by the various jobs (paid and unpaid) women held during WWII, so the first thing I do is determine what my protagonist will do for a living. I have a list of jobs and women’s organizations that I created years ago when I first started writing about WWII. After figuring out my heroine’s job, I make a list of “what if” scenarios to see what sort of trouble I can subject her to. I also try to come up with an actual event that will impact her and her situation. The event may determine the setting, but if not, I brainstorm ideas as to what location makes the most sense for the story arc. The theme of second chances is often in my stories, so I also brainstorm past difficulties for my heroine.

That's an excellent path to follow in order to develop a compelling, conflict-riddled story. And you have the historic element to use as well. I love it.

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

I just read Barbara Britton’s Heavenly Lights: Noah's Journey (Daughters of Zelophehad Series). I fell in love with the main characters on the first page, and they have stayed with me long after finishing the book. Noah is a complex woman who I related to immediately, and Jeremiah, a deaf/mute, is a hero in every sense of the word. I laughed, cried, and sighed through the entire book. The story also made me examine my own faith.

What are you working on now?

I’m finishing The Widow & The War Correspondent, the third book in the Sisters in Service series. The story is about Emily’s oldest sister, Cora who is widowed when her husband is killed at Pearl Harbor.

Where else can readers find you online?

Website/blog: www.LindaShentonMatchett.com
Newsletter signup (receive a free short story)
Facebook
Amazon author page
BookBub
Goodreads
Pinterest
Twitter: @lindasmatchett

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

Women in all walks of life stepped out of their comfort zone to serve the war effort during WWII. When is a time you stepped out of your comfort zone to do a good deed?

Thanks, Linda, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your book. 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.

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Monday, April 20, 2020

Short-term Sale on Miss Apprehension!

For the fifth week in a row, I hope to provide you some accessible fun over our period of lockdown. I'm dropping my book prices.

For six more days--through Sunday, April 26
--my contemporary romance, Miss Apprehension, is available in e-book format for only 99 cents. (I'll continue to feature other books at sale prices in future weeks.)

Here is the summary of this contemporary romance:

Miss Apprehension

The setting for Cherise Paul’s destination wedding couldn’t be more romantic. So why does she feel she’s being dragged down the aisle? She doesn’t plan to run away and become entangled with the famous young actor, Niles Adair, and his film crew, but circumstances unfold exactly that way.

When her fiancé, Jerry Gallagher, re-enters the scene, Cherise must decide: What does she want? What is she afraid of? What does she not understand? And who would have thought that Spanx could play such a pivotal role in one woman’s destiny?


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I hope you'll take advantage of this story while it's so readily available. And please remember to read about featured author, Dawn Kinzer, below, and subscribe and/or leave your answer to her question to be entered in the drawing for a free copy of her new release!

Dawn Kinzer and Free Books!

An attractive special events planner from a wealthy family and a disfigured musician discover that situations and people are not always what they seem.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the free copy of Dawn Klinge's historical novel, Sorrento Girl, 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 meet novelist Dawn Kinzer, author of the contemporary romance novel, By All Appearances (Morningview Publishing, November 2019).

Dawn Kinzer is a freelance editor, and her own work has been published in various devotionals and magazines. She co-hosts and writes for the Seriously Write blog.

Sarah’s Smile is the first book in her historical romance series, The Daughters of Riverton. Hope’s Design is the second, and Rebecca’s Song completes the trilogy. By All Appearances is her first contemporary romance.



A mother and grandmother, Dawn lives with her husband in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Favorite things include dark chocolate, good wine, strong coffee, the mountains, family time, and Masterpiece Theatre.

Wow, Dawn, your favorite things list could have come right out of my own mind! 

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

When I was much younger, I wanted to be a medical missionary.

It's interesting how God takes our desires and tweaks them to serve His purposes. 

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of By All Appearances.

Liana Tate, a special events planner, grew up in a high-profile family. No matter what she does, Liana feels she never measures up. She has the opportunity to prove herself by coordinating a fund raising gala for a large Seattle hospital. But an earthquake damages the venue, and Liana only has months to come up with a new plan and pull off the important event. At the same time, a handsome and successful architect steps into Liana’s life. She’s charmed by him, but she begins to wonder if appearances are deceiving.

Bryan Langley, a talented musician, was close to signing a recording contract when a barn fire left part of his face severely burned. He survived, but his career did not. Now he needs to find a new direction for his life.

When Liana’s father hires Bryan as a caretaker on the family estate outside of Seattle, Liana’s and Bryan’s lives become entangled. He risks public humiliation for Liana’s success, and she encourages him to use his musical gifts, despite his reluctance.

What is it about Liana and Bryan that will make your readers care about them?

Liana is a young woman who wants to prove herself, make her family proud, and find someone who will love her unconditionally. She struggles at times with body image—not because she’s overweight but because she compares herself to her sister who is a successful cover model. Her mother was also a highly-paid model, and now she runs her own agency. Liana has struggled with being a people pleaser, but she’s learning to be strong and true to herself. Despite her blunders, she does want the best for Bryan.

Bryan is kind. He’s sensitive to how people may view his scarred face—thinking more of them than himself. He works hard at making people comfortable around him. As a burn survivor, he shows great strength. His compassion is displayed through the relationships he has with other survivors in the hospital, especially the children. He’s very protective of Liana.

I would imagine your early interest in medical missionary work had an influence on Bryan's compassion when you wrote him.

What kind of brainstorming do you do when beginning a new novel?

I usually start with a location and a basic plot. Once I have a story idea, I flesh out the characters—their goals and challenges. I also begin researching various ideas to see if they’re feasible or make sense to include. What I discover often leads to more inspiration.

Just like life plans, our plot and character ideas often go where we hadn't foreseen!

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

The Letters, by C. Kevin Thompson is a well-written, fast-paced story that includes imperfect but likeable characters. With unexpected twists, The Letters is one of those rare novels that kept me in suspense until the very end. Despite having my own theories concerning mysterious messages that play an important role in the story, I was still surprised by answers revealed. I love stories that challenge us to consider the spiritual realm.

What are you working on now?

I’m currently working on a novella that will be included in a boxed set of new contemporary Christmas romances written by a team of authors. We plan to publish these stories in October 2020.

Where else can readers find you online?

Connect and learn more about me by visiting these online sites:

Author Website
Faithfully Write Editing
Facebook
Pinterest
Instagram
Amazon Author Page
BookBub
Goodreads

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Readers, if you would like to read a sample from the collection, you can find it HERE (click on "Look Inside")

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

With audio books becoming more available, I’m interested to know which format (paperback, e-book, or audio book) your readers prefer to use and why?

Thanks, Dawn, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your book. Readers, Dawn 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: as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases; 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 13, 2020

Short-Term Sale on One of My Novels!

For the fourth week in a row, I hope to provide you some accessible fun over our period of lockdown. I'm dropping my book prices. 

For just five more days--through Saturday, April 18
--my 1950s historical romance novel, Unforgettable, is available in e-book format for only 99 cents. (I'll continue to feature other books at sale prices in future weeks.)

Here is the summary of this historical romance:

Unforgettable

Rachel Stanhope tries to see the good in everyone. But Josh Reegan tests even her good graces when they meet outside her Arlington, Virginia, dance studio in 1951. He'’s attractive, yet his cynicism and cockiness are hard to tolerate.

A journalist and former World War II Air Force pilot, Josh considers ballroom dancing a frivolous waste of time. Although Rachel’s confident nature is a refreshing challenge, he wouldn’'t tangle with her if his newspaper hadn'’t assigned him to cover her studio’s competitionin New York City.

Between the melodrama of ballroom antics and the real drama of political corruption, Rachel and Josh have their hands full. The last thing either of them expects is mutual need and support. But once they stop dancing around the truth, the results are unforgettable.


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I hope you'll take advantage of this novel while it's so readily available. And please remember to read about featured author, Dawn Klinge, below, and subscribe and/or leave your answer to her question to be entered in the drawing for a free copy of her new release!

Dawn Klinge and Free Books!

When Ann meets Paul, an aspiring journalist with strong ideas of his own, she learns an unexpected lesson in courage and discovers what it really means to live her dreams.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the free copy of Terri Wangard's historical novel, Roll Back the Clouds, 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 Dawn Klinge, author of the historical novel, Sorrento Girl (Genevieve Press, March 2020).

A graduate of the University of Idaho with a degree in elementary education, Dawn Klinge began writing online in 2005. She’s a Pacific Northwest native who loves a rainy day, a hot cup of coffee, and a good book to get lost in.

This wife and mom to two young adults is often inspired by true personal and historical accounts. Dawn is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers Association.

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

As soon-to-be empty nesters, my husband and I are learning new hobbies together that will take us into this different phase of life. Golf is our current challenge.

I'm not a golfer, but I know from experience that it's much more difficult than a lot of people realize!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Sorrento Girl.

It’s 1938, and Ann Brooks has big dreams of her new life as a Seattle College coed. She’s left the old-fashioned ways of her small country town behind to pursue higher education and a teaching career.

But not everyone is ready for change.

Society still preaches that a woman’s place is in the home. Some refuse to see Ann as an equal deserving of an education — let alone a career — and Ann's friends think school is simply a springboard to pursue a marriage of wealth and convenience.

When Ann meets Paul, an aspiring journalist with strong ideas of his own, she learns an unexpected lesson in courage and discovers what it really means to live her dreams.

Will Ann give up everything she thought she wanted for love? Or can she have it all?

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

Ann is a young woman with an adventurous spirit who was raised by a loving single-father who encourages her to pursue her dreams. Without a mother, Ann looks to women like Amelia Earhart and her aunt Rose as examples for the kind of woman she wants to be. She admires their courage.

When Ann is confronted with a situation that requires speaking up for herself, her courage is tested. This dilemma is one I believe many women will relate to.

Getting on the other side of those challenges is often life changing!

What kind of brainstorming do you when beginning a new novel?

I start reading historical accounts of the time and place I want to write about. I listen to the music, I look at art, fashion, and architecture. I immerse myself in research until an idea hits, and then I run with it.

I haven't written a lot of historical fiction, but I have respect for writers of that genre. It requires yet another level of knowledge beyond writing contemporary stories. 

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

I just finished reading The Orphan Beach, by Laura Thomas. I recommend this romantic suspense because it was one that transported me to its wonderful settings in Oregon and Mexico, I loved the characters, it kept me turning the pages in excitement, and it had a beautiful message of faith.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on edits for a historical romance set in 1890s Chicago called Palmer Girl. It will be published in the Fall of 2020.

Where else can readers find you online?

My online home is www.dawnklinge.com and I can also be found on FB and IG.

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

What’s your favorite way to connect with an author?

Thanks, Dawn, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your book. Readers, Dawn 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: as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases; 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 6, 2020

Short-term Sale on Two More of My Novels!

For the third week in a row, I hope to provide you some accessible fun over our period of lockdown. I'm dropping my book prices. For just four more days--through Friday, April 10--both The Perfect Blend and Tea for Two are available in e-book format for only 99 cents each. (I'll continue to feature other books at sale prices next week.)

Here is the summary of each of these romantic comedies:

The Perfect Blend

If you enjoy the novels of Debbie Macomber, you’ll love this perfect blend of recipes and romance set in a small town with a big heart.

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?

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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.

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I hope you'll take advantage of these stories while they're so readily available. And please remember to read about featured author, Terri Wangard, and subscribe and/or leave your answer to her question to be entered in the drawing for a free copy of her new release!

Monday, March 30, 2020

Short-term Sale on Two More of My Novels!

For the second week in a row, I hope to provide you some accessible fun over our period of lockdown. I'm dropping my book prices. For just three more days--through Thursday, April 2--both Beach Dreams and Sunset Beach are available in e-book format for only 99 cents each. (I'll continue to feature other books at sale prices next week.)

Here is the summary of each of these romantic comedies:

Beach Dreams

“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."

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Sunset Beach

Sonny Miller, a recent college graduate with plans to get her master’s degree in psychology, intends to resolve some family drama and put her academic interests to the test. She cleverly invites her mother, Teresa, and her mother’s estranged twin, Aunt Melanie, to a quiet and quirky California beach house. They both show up...and with surprises of their own. Teresa, a successful classical singer, brings her latest protégé, Irina, and Melanie brings along secrets about Teresa and the identity of Sonny’s long-gone father.

The strong personalities cause some big waves, and Sonny is in over her head. Soon she is drawn to Irina and Irina’s charming brother, Grigori. Her faith is strengthened by their story of being adopted as children from a Russian orphanage by a Christian couple from America.

Readers will love being a guest alongside these characters. Between each sunrise and sunset is another day for healing, laughter, rediscovering the importance of family, and embracing the hope of God’s care.

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I hope you'll take advantage of these stories while they're so readily available. And please read below about this week's featured author, Terri Wangard!

 

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