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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, February 24, 2020

Nike Chillemi and Free Books!

Acts of Malice is a taut and compelling classic murder mystery with an underlying national security theme, complex interpersonal relationships, greed, dry humor, love and unrequited love, and it's uplifting.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the free copy of Suzanne Woods Fisher's contemporary Amish romance, Two Steps Forward, is:

gonjessica76@...

Congratulations! I'll be in touch with you via email, 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 Nike Chillemi, author of the inspirational mystery/crime novel, Acts of Malice (Crime Fictionista Press, November 2019).

Nike N. Chillemi writes classic murder mysteries/detective novels. It's been said she writes literature that reads like pulp fiction. Plenty of action, a dash of grit, and wry humor as her characters navigate through situations and relationships. There's usually a national security/public safety underlying theme to her work with an uplifting message. She likes her bad guys really bad, her good guys smarter and better.

Nike is the founding board member of the Grace Filled Fiction Spotlight (formerly the Grace Awards) and its Chair, a platform to promote excellence in Christian fiction. She has been a judge in mystery and thriller categories in the Carol Awards, Genesis Awards, First Impressions Awards, and also the Inspy Awards. She has a very active blog that delves into murder mystery writing, Christian fiction, and many of the challenges we all face in life.

She lives in NE coastal Florida and revels in being a Floridian. She's a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and the John 3:16 Marketing Network.

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

I used to be an animal rescuer in Brooklyn (NYC) and had a small kennel in my basement. I rescued about 50 animals over several years. I still have five fifteen-year-old cats and a fifteen-year-old dog from that time. I presently feed a colony of eight stray cats who come to my door every morning and then go away after eating.

The murder mystery writer with a soft heart!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Acts of Malice.

Lavender Raines gets the 'doorbell ring' no wife ever wants to get. Her husband has been brutally murdered, and the FBI is more secretive than helpful. The problem is, his body was found in Caracas when she thought his business trip had taken him to New Orleans.

Mackenzie just opened a second beach resort-town restaurant, this one in Ribault Beach, Florida…but now the clandestine national security organization that from-time-to-time sends him on covert missions wants him to find Lavender's husband's killers.

Forces from within the "Deep State" have shaped circumstances that will alter the course of both their lives. Then a local man is murdered.

Lavender and Mackey are polar opposites. He is emotionally shut down about his life, but protective of others. She is a pillar of strength in her family, but distrusting of Mackey and guarded around him. Can they find common ground amidst this treachery and turmoil?

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

Lavender has calm and calming strength. She's protective of her family, especially her college-age daughter. Thrust into the nightmare of her husband George's brutal murder, she tries to navigate through the pain with dignity, but sometimes fails. This most often occurs when she's in the company of Mackenzie, former special ops war-fighter, now restaurant owner who still has his hand in the clandestine game.

In Lavender's voice, give us a statement of what she thinks about romance (or love).

"I learned what not to do in love from my mother. I guess I do the opposite, but with her intensity."

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

I've been trying to get through my TBR list. I'd recommend Secrets and Lies by Janet Sketchley. I'd recommend it because the author does a fine job with characterization. From the same list, I'm presently reading Alias Raven Black by Barbara E. Brink, and I'd also recommend that…as an exciting detective story read.

What are you working on now?

I'm writing Last Days, the second in the Katerina "Kat" Andruko/Dimitri Garmonin series, also set in a Florida beach resort town. Mackenzie shows up in this one as a secondary character.

Where else can readers find you online?

Blog: Nike N. Chillemi
Amazon Author Page
Facebook
Twitter: @NikeNChillemi

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You can read a sample of the book HERE

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

Have you considered reading in the classic murder mystery genre? Not necessarily my novels, even though I'd very much like that, but any good mystery where the story is driven by the main characters' search for a killer(s).

Thanks, Nike, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your book. Readers, Nike 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, February 17, 2020

Suzanne Woods Fisher and Free Books!

Back and broke in Stoney Ridge, Jimmy Fisher has coasted through life as long as he could on charm and good looks, but his smile has no effect on the violet-eyed beauty he’d met at the Bent N’ Dent.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the free copy of Amanda Stevens' contemporary fantasy novel, From Sky to Sky, is:

maiajohn1@...

Congratulations! I'll be in touch with you via email, 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 Suzanne Woods Fisher, author of the contemporary Amish romance, Two Steps Forward (Revell Books, February 2020).

Carol award winner Suzanne Woods Fisher writes stories that take you to places you’ve never visited—with characters that seem like old friends. But most of all, her books give you something to think about long after you’ve finished reading them.

With over one million copies of her books sold worldwide, Suzanne is the best-selling 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 often. My son told me recently that if I don’t respond to a text message right away, he knows that I’m either on the tennis court or I must be dead.

I have family members who are pretty much addicted to the sport, so I can imagine your passion.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Two Steps Forward.

Sylvie Schrock’s choice to raise her sister’s son as her own was a hard pill for her father to swallow. After he called the little boy Willie Jitmit (say that three times fast) a few too many times, she left her ultra conservative Amish community and moved to Stoney Ridge.

Next door neighbor Jimmy works on Sylvie’s farm and grows intrigued by his lovely new boss—so unlike other girls. The problem is that Jimmy’s mother can’t abide Sylvie, for many reasons, especially knowing Sylvie is, according to Jimmy, a ‘hillbilly Amish’.

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

A church like Sylvie’s might seem backward to outsiders like us. Those kinds of churches hold tight to tradition, resist change more than other Amish groups, and are the most restrictive to technology. They’re also more isolated.

But Sylvie Schrock’s upbringing defines her outlook in some wonderful ways. She’s kind to all and content with little, a rare quality that comes from one who has lived without creature comforts.

In Sylvie’s voice, give us a statement of what she thinks about romance (or love).

"What I need is a man of substance to help me run my business. What I got…is Jimmy Fisher."

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

Just finished the book Where the Crawdads Sing, by Delia Owens. It pulls you forward with that question, “What happens next?” Didn’t see that ending come, either.

I enjoyed that one as well. I look forward to the film version.

What are you working on now?

On an historical novel set in 1911 in Eastern Appalachia. It’s based on a true story about a remarkable woman, an unsung heroine. My favorite kind of story!

Where else can readers find you online?

My website is www.suzannewoodsfisher.com, and I can be easily found on Facebook and on Instagram @suzannewoodsfisher.

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

I get a lot of reader email, which I thoroughly, thoroughly enjoy. Connecting with readers is the best part of this author gig. But I’ve always wondered about something: What would make you take the time to write to an author?

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.

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Monday, February 10, 2020

Amanda Stevens and Free Books!

As far as Zac Wilson knows, he can’t die—and he’s not the only one. When he meets two new ageless folk claiming others like them have died, Zac must discover if their time is finally up, or if they are being targeted by someone who knows what they are.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the free copy of Nancy Moser's historical time travel novel, Where Life Will Lead Me, is:

jarning67@...

Congratulations! I'll be in touch with you via email, 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 Amanda Stevens, author of the contemporary fantasy, From Sky to Sky (Barbour, February 2020).

As a child, Amanda G. Stevens disparaged Mary Poppins and Stuart Little because they could never happen. Now she writes speculative fiction.

She lives in Michigan and loves trade paperbacks, folk music, the Golden Era of Hollywood, and white cheddar popcorn.

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

I’m a classic “old soul.” My favorite decade of mainstream music is the 1970s, and my favorite Christian music is from the 80s and 90s. Most of my favorite actors and films are from the Golden Era. My favorite TV show is Gunsmoke (the Dennis Weaver seasons).

That's a pretty eclectic combination!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of From Sky to Sky.

Daredevil Zac Wilson isn’t the first celebrity to keep a secret from the world, but his might be the most marvelous in history: Zac doesn’t age and injuries can’t kill him. What’s more, he’s part of a close-knit group of others just like him.



Holed up in Harbor Vale, Michigan, Zac meets two more of his kind who claim others in their circle have died. Are their lifetimes finally ending naturally, or is someone targeting them—a predator who knows what they are?



The answers Zac unearths present impossible dilemmas: whom to protect, how to seek justice, how to bring peace to turmoil. His next action could fracture forever the family he longs to unite. Now might be the time to ask for help...from God Himself. But Zac’s greatest fear is facing the God he has run from for more than a century.

I really love this premise. I enjoyed the film The Age of Adeline, but the addition of a Christian level gives this idea so much more depth. 

What is it about Zac Wilson that will make your readers care about him?

Writing Zac Wilson’s point of view is both a delight and a challenge. He has lived a long time and accumulated wounds (as we all do throughout life in a broken world, but Zac’s extended lifespan means extra hurt along the way). He has outlived all his children and has fought in two wars, one of which left him with some pretty serious mental scars. But Zac is so much more than the sum of his struggles. He has a deep and tender heart that he hides behind a nonchalant façade until he can trust you. He has an insatiable sweet tooth and a need for open spaces. He loves music and physical activity.

In Zac's voice, give us a statement of what he thinks about romance (or love).

“I’m probably not the best person to quiz on that topic. My love life has been fairly stormy for longer than you’ve been alive.” < chuckles > “But in the abstract, I’d say it’s a rare and good thing. If you’ve found a person who challenges you and who’s worth that depth of soul-sharing, then you’ve found a gift worth fighting for.”

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

I’m currently working my way through The Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries, by Dorothy L. Sayers as fast as I can. I absolutely love these books! The characters are drawn with subtle nuance and psychological accuracy, and I love Lord Peter and Harriet Vane. The dialogue is witty and realistic. The plots are classy and smart. Everything about this series is a win for me.

The only Dorothy Sayers novel I've read was Gaudy Night, set at Oxford. It's in the Lord Peter Wimsey series. Sayers is  excellent--as you said, smart and witty.

What are you working on now?

The third book in the No Less Days series.

Where else can readers find you online?

Facebook: Facebook
Goodreads: Goodreads

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You can read a sample of Amanda's book HERE

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

I’m always up for book recommendations! Has anyone else read Dorothy L. Sayers? If I love Lord Peter Wimsey (and the mystery genre in general, more noir less cozy), what should I read next?

Thank you, Amanda, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your book. Readers, Amanda 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, February 3, 2020

Nancy Moser and Free Books!

1879: Justine Braden brings an evil man to justice by traveling back in time to get evidence against him, setting his victims free.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the free copy of Lorena McCourtney's cozy mystery, Desert Dead, is:

Libbysdragonfly@...

Congratulations! I'll be in touch with you via email, 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 Nancy Moser, author of the historical time travel novel, Where Life Will Lead Me (Mustard Seed Press, January 2020).

Nancy Moser’s award-winning books will inspire you to discover your unique God-given purpose. Her genres include both contemporary and historical stories, inspirational humor, and children’s books.

Her newest release, Where Life Will Lead Me, showcases a woman who uses her gift of time-travel to fight injustice. Other titles include the Downton Abbey-inspired Manor House Series, and the sewing/fashion-inspired Pattern Artist series.

Nancy's historical bio-novels allow real women-of-history to share their life stories: Just Jane (Jane Austen), Mozart's Sister (Nannerl Mozart), Washington's Lady (Martha Washington) and How Do I Love Thee? (Elizabeth Barrett Browning.)

Nancy and her husband live in the Midwest with their three married children and seven grandchildren. She's earned a degree in architecture, traveled extensively in Europe, and has performed in numerous theaters, symphonies, and choirs. She knits voraciously, kills all her houseplants, and can wire an electrical fixture without getting shocked. She is a fan of anything antique--humans included.

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

I’m an obsessive multi-tasker. I can’t watch TV without doing something else at the same time, I can’t take a car trip without purposely thinking of some plot-point I want to work out. I keep my mind and body busy to the point of not being able to relax easily!

I'm sure that seems like a curse at times, but I wouldn't mind more of that going on in my mind while I'm relaxing!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Where Life Will Lead Me.

When Justine Braden turned twenty she received the family gift of time travel. Its purpose? She is to follow God's directives and travel back in time to facilitate justice.

In 1879 Justine and her family move from New Hampshire to Lawrence, Kansas to be near her fiancé’s family. Will Justine be called upon to use her gift of time travel in this new town?

The answer is yes. Justine travels into the past to right the wrongs of one very wicked man who has brought pain and suffering to many families. The man fights against Justine’s interference, but God's justice prevails. Good conquers evil. And the victims revel in their newfound freedom.

Watch the transformation of Justine as she goes from being a spoiled socialite in 1870s New York, to a courageous woman of faith, living out her special God-given purpose.

I really love the idea of time travel to historical times. It reminds me of the popularity of the Outlander series. 

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

Justine was a spoiled socialite in 1870s NYC, yet when God calls her to action she steps up and uses her very special gift to facilitate His justice, growing in her faith, and as a woman of purpose.

In Justine's voice, give us a statement of what she thinks about romance (or love).

"I grew up wealthy, with no cares in the world. I was groomed to be the wife of a rich man-of-industry. Love involved flirtation, conquest, and submission to my parents’ choice. I never knew love could make me want to give more than take or make me willing to sacrifice my happiness for another."  

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

Sixteen Brides by Stephanie Grace Whitson. I love stories of women who become more than they ever knew they could be by living through trials they never thought they could conquer. In this case, on the prairie of Nebraska in the 1800s.

What are you working on now?

I’m starting a contemporary novel called Beck & Call that takes characters from my previous novels—fifteen years later—and shows them heeding God’s beck and call to follow Him and change lives in ways they never expected.

Where else can readers find you online?

www.nancymoser.com
Facebook
My Bookbub Page
Goodreads
Pinterest

The book can be purchased online via the following button:



A sample of the book is available HERE

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

How have your reading habits changed in the past five years—or have they?

Thank you, Nancy, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your book. Readers, Nancy 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, January 20, 2020

Lorena McCourtney and Free Books!

Ivy and Mac had planned a honeymoon. Instead, they’re up to their ears in mystery and mayhem as they search a desert ghost town for a missing dead body.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the free copy of Donna Schlachter's historical mystery novel, Double Jeopardy, is:

jarning67@...

Congratulations! I'll be in touch with you via email, 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 Lorena McCourtney, author of the cozy mystery, Desert Dead (Rogue Ridge Press, October 2019).

Lorena McCourtney has been writing for almost as long as she can remember. She started out using a degree in agriculture to work for a magazine published by a national meat-packing company, but she quickly realized a career writing about raising hogs and making sausage was not for her. She left that for marriage and motherhood, and when she returned, she knew she wanted to write fiction.

She started with short stories for children and teenagers, went on to romance short stories, then romance books. She has finally settled into what she thinks is her real calling: writing mysteries with a foundation of faith – and a dash of fun.

Lorena is married and has one son, Bill, and one granddaughter, Sabrina. Now she also has a great-grandson, Aiden. (Which always brings her the surprise realization that her son is now a grandfather.)

Lorena has lived in southern Oregon for some sixty years now, with occasional travel into the southwest and Baja.

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

I’ve been married to Jim for 46 years – working on 50!

Congratulations. Enduring marriages are certainly something to admire. 

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Desert Dead.

Seniors Ivy and Mac are in their motorhome, headed for their delayed honeymoon. Baja! Beaches and romance, sunshine and shrimp tacos! But a phone call from an old friend changes their plans. Magnolia has found a dead body. Magnolia has lost a dead body. Magnolia is in a panic.

Ivy and Mac decide a side-trip to a desert ghost town to help their friend won’t take long.

Wrong!

Because in addition to a missing dead body, there’s an old cowboy trying to revive a faded movie career. An ex-model writing the Great American Novel. Her artist boyfriend, disgruntled that his great art doesn’t sell, but his roadrunner paintings do. There’s also a two-million-dollar insurance policy, possible blackmail, and a hungry roadrunner named Harry. Plus a killer determined to put Ivy and Mac into the category of the missing dead.

That sounds like a lot of fun in one novel! 

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

LOL (Little Old Lady) Ivy was dismayed when she first realized she seemed to have aged into invisibility, but she’s decided “invisibility” can be a handy asset when a killer is after you.

Novelist Orson Scott Card (Ender’s Game) once said, “Everybody walks past a thousand story ideas every day. The good writers are the ones who see five or six of them. Most people don’t see any.” How does that quote affect you as a writer?

I see ideas everywhere; the problem is turning an idea into a full-blown story.

You're so right. The idea is just the seed, and a lot of work is required to get that seed to blossom fully!

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

Elizabeth Goddard’s Always Look Twice. A great mystery and suspense story from an exceptional author.

What are you working on now?

Book #4 of the Mac ‘n’ Ivy Mysteries series, tentatively titled That’s the Way the Cookie Crumbles.

Where else can readers find you online?

My website www.lorenamccourtney.info
Facebook

The book can be purchased online via the following button:



If you would like to read a sample of Desert Dead, you can find it by clicking "Look Inside" HERE

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

If you’re reading romantic suspense, which is more important to you, the romance or the mystery/suspense?

Thank you, Lorena, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your book. Readers, Lorena 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, January 13, 2020

Donna Schlachter and Free Books!

Mining, murder, and a mock marriage—what else can go wrong?

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the free copy of Carol Nemeth's romantic suspense novel, Ocean of Fear, is:

mauback55@...

Congratulations! I'll be in touch with you both via email, 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 Donna Schlachter, author of the historical mystery, Double Jeopardy (Smitten Publishing, January 2020).

Donna lives in Denver with husband Patrick. As a hybrid author, she writes historical suspense under her own name, and contemporary suspense under her alter ego of Leeann Betts, and has been published more than 30 times in novellas and full-length novels.

She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Writers on the Rock, Sisters In Crime, and Christian Authors Network. She facilitates a critique group and teaches writing classes online and in person.

Donna also ghostwrites, edits, and judges in writing contests. She loves history and research, and travels extensively for both. Donna is represented by Terrie Wolf of AKA Literary Management.

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

I am a Canadian by birth, an American by choice. I am one of the new era of mail order brides – sort of.

I was born Canadian as well, Donna! I was born in Newfoundland and chose my U.S. citizenship at 18. Sometime I'd like to hear your "mail-order bride" story.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Double Jeopardy.

In May of 1880, Becky Campbell leaves her wealthy New York lifestyle in search of her father, only to learn he was murdered in the small town of Silver Valley, Colorado. She determines to fulfill her father’s dream—to make her family's ranch, the Double Jeopardy, profitable.

Zeke Graumann, a local rancher, hires on with this Easterner for two reasons: he can’t turn his back on a damsel in distress. And he needs the money.

Becky isn’t certain Zeke is all he claims to be, and after a series of accidents at her mine, wonders if he isn’t behind it, trying to get her to sell out so he can take over. Can Becky overcome her mistrust of Zeke, find her father’s killer, and turn her mine into a profitable venture? And will Zeke be forced to give up his dream and lose his land in order to win Becky’s heart?

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

Becky Campbell has a strong sense of loyalty to her father, and wants him to succeed—even posthumously. Zeke Graumann might have a rough exterior, but inside, he’s all gentleman.

Novelist Orson Scott Card (Ender’s Game) once said, “Everybody walks past a thousand story ideas every day. The good writers are the ones who see five or six of them. Most people don’t see any.” How does that quote affect you as a writer?

This quote validates the innate curiosity I have about people and circumstances. I love eavesdropping on conversations, or making up stories about a person just from where they are or what they’re wearing.

I eavesdrop too, for story and character idea purposes. It's funny the things people say--sometimes you hear things that it seems no author could make up. 

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

Anything by Agatha Christie. She’s my hero. She has a knack for asking questions and making up stories about people that are timeless.

What are you working on now?

Kind of in a hiatus. Catching up on projects wedged in between a December book release then a January release.

Where else can readers find you online?

www.HiStoryThruTheAges.wordpress.com
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Facebook
Twitter
Amazon page and Smashwords
What Can Be Online University
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Finally, what question would you like to ask my readers?

If you could have dinner with any author, living or dead, who would that be, and why?

Thank you, Donna, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your book. Readers, Donna 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.

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Monday, January 6, 2020

Carol Nemeth and Free Books!

While Park biologist Ruth Campbell and park policeman Gage Hampton search for the treasure, La Cruz de San Mateo, they’re intent on discovering who’s leaving bodies on Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the free copy of James Miller's Christian romantic thriller, No Pit So Deep, is:

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and the winner of the free copy of Joy Massenburge's African American contemporary Christian romance, A Heart Surrendered, is:

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

And now let me introduce you to novelist Carol Nemeth, author of the romantic suspense novel, Ocean of Fear, Faith in the Parks Book 3 (Winged Publications, March 2019).

A native North Carolinian, Carol has always loved reading since childhood and enjoyed making up stories since junior high school, most based in the places she's lived or traveled to. She worked in the National Park Service as a Park Aid and served in the US Army where she was stationed in Italy and traveled to over thirteen countries while there.

Carol met the love of her life, Mark Nemeth, also an Army veteran, while stationed in Italy. After they married, they lived in various locations, including North Yorkshire, England. They now live in West Virginia, where, in their spare time, they enjoy RVing, researching/sightseeing and are active in their church.

Carol and Mark have a son, Matt, who is active Army and a daughter, Jennifer, her husband Flint, who is active Air Force, and three awesome grandchildren, Martin, Ava, and Gage. Their four-footed kid, Holly, a black Lab, loves traveling in their RV, and when they pack up to go, she’s waiting inside for them to head out.

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

I studied art in college. I had sketched and drawn as well as written stories since I was young and my father encouraged me to take art in college, so I did. Needless to say, the Lord shut that door after my sophomore year.

It never ceases to fascinate me how many authors are artistically inclined in other areas as well. 

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Ocean of Fear.

National Park Service biologist Ruth Campbell discovers a body on the beach near Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. Her life shifts out of her comfort zone, but not nearly as much as when the newest park policeman, attractive Gage Hampton, arrives to take her statement. She’s determined to stay as far from him as possible. Scarred by her past, Ruth attempts to avoid young men, but she realizes that avoiding Gage Hampton will be a lot harder than she thought.

Another body washes up with the surf, and Gage is intent on discovering who the killer is. When Ruth’s uncle, Owen Lawrence, arrives searching for a long-lost treasure, both Gage and Ruth find themselves pulled into the search, and things become sinister as the killer grows desperate. They attempt to find the treasure before the killer does, and before he snuffs them out.

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

Ruth Campbell’s past has scarred her, but her faith shores her up. She’s extremely uncomfortable around young men, and she attempts to avoid them at all costs. Readers will wonder why but will sympathize with Ruth. You’ll have to read the book to find out more.

Novelist Orson Scott Card (Ender’s Game) once said, “Everybody walks past a thousand story ideas every day. The good writers are the ones who see five or six of them. Most people don’t see any.” How does that quote affect you as a writer?

I see story ideas everywhere, and I often write them down. Unfortunately, there’s just not enough time to write the stories for all the ideas I come up with.

That's excellent, Carol. I have to say, that only happens to me if I'm of that mindset, and then it happens all the time. I found when I started writing consistently that story ideas happened around me all the time! 

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

I highly recommend the novel Warrior by Linda Knadle Rodante. Although it’s a novel, it deals with Christians and spiritual warfare in the world today. It’s relevant to us as Christians and how we need to 1) be aware of and 2) deal with the spiritual warfare that’s happening around us. It’s an excellent book. I just bought the sequel, Roar. I’m looking forward to reading it, and if it’s half as good as Warrior, it’ll be great.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on the fourth book in my Faith in the Parks series entitled Glacier of Secrets. The rough draft is finished, and I’m now working on first edits. It’ll be published in early March.

Where else can readers find you online?

My website is at jcarolnemeth.com and readers can also sign up for my monthly newsletter there. I can be found on Facebook and my Amazon Author Page is HERE. I love chatting with readers, and they can email me at carol.nemeth.cn@gmail.com. I can also be found at Twitter.

The book can be purchased online vis the following button:



I have first chapters from a few of my books on this page: HERE  Just scroll down until you see Ocean of Fear, Faith in the Parks Book 3. Feel free to check out the first chapters of my other books there as well.

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

What is your favorite type of hero? (Cowboy, lawyer, businessman, fireman, soldier, etc.) Be specific, but name more than one if you have more than one favorite.

Thank you, Carol, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your book. Readers, Carol 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

 

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