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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!

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 29, 2020

Miss Apprehension for 99 Cents!

Here we are, readers, still in lockdown. So, once again I hope to provide you some accessible fun for your at-home reading. I'm dropping my book prices.

For five more days--through Saturday, July 4--my contemporary romance, Miss Apprehension, is available in e-book format for only 99 cents. 

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 fianc√©, 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?


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, Zoe McCarthy, 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, June 22, 2020

Zoe McCarthy and Free Books!

Fashion model Vivian Day’s Mustang breaks down in the Virginia Blue Ridge Mountains, and her rescuer, Brayden Cole, reluctantly introduces her to a simpler life style.

Before we chat with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the free copy of Amanda Cabot's historical romance, Out of the Embers, is:

teamob4@...

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 visit again with novelist Zoe McCarthy, author of the contemporary Christian romance, The Irresistible Woman in a Blue Dress (December 2019).

Zoe M. McCarthy was pegged an expressive analytic in a professional personality test. Isn’t that an oxymoron? But it’s true. Zoe couldn’t survive without expressing her creative imaginings. Yet, this retired actuary* and introvert receives her energy from being alone in her home office overlooking the Virginia Blue Ridge Mountains.

Believing opposites distract, Zoe has seven indie or traditionally published Christian contemporary romances. Her stories involve tenderness and humor and heroes and heroines who learn to embrace their differences. Zoe also has a book out on writing, Tailor Your Fiction Manuscript in 30 Days.

She and her husband, grandparents of six, enjoy canoeing and spending time at their lake cabin, where she writes during month-long sabbaticals—alone.

*Actuaries perform the mathematical analysis for insurance companies, pricing products and estimating reserves to pay claims.

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

At ages 7-10, I lived in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, during the rise of Papa Doc; at ages 15-16, I lived in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis; and at age 20, I lived in Bangkok, Thailand during the Vietnam War.

Sounds like maybe someone's parent(s) served our country!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of The Irresistible Woman in a Blue Dress.

Overworked Chicago fashion model Vivian Day flees a difficult photo shoot in Roanoke, Virginia, and heads for a three-week vacation in Tennessee. But when Vivian detours into the Virginia Blue Ridge Mountains, her Mustang breaks down on a remote mountain road.

Home-improvement-store manager Brayden Cole gives the frustrated woman wearing a blue gown and flip-flops a ride and, while her car's in the shop, a room at his mother's house in Twisty Creek. Brayden's mother urges him to entertain the big-city woman. Brayden, who considers himself a magnet for women’s woes, reluctantly introduces Vivian to the mountain lifestyle and breathtaking views.

Now, as Vivian experiences the simple mountain life, she realizes her stressful career and demanding agent, who's her mother, are draining joy from her life.

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

Although a fashion model in the Chicago market, she doesn’t use her beauty for her personal benefit, and through little fault of her own, she faces tougher problems than the average woman.

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

I’d feature a heroine living in a small Virginia town dealing with job loss, financial issues, and virus exposure by an unwanted old boyfriend. When she has a fever, she seeks medical help. She tests negative, but the new intern doctor at her doctor’s office learns from her records she suffered a concussion from a robbery attack recently. Her beautiful, sad eyes above her mask capture his heart. He becomes her secret champion, leaving grocery bags of food on her doorstep. Then …

Aww, that's sweet.

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

I recommend Lisa Carter’s Under A Turquoise Sky. Lisa effectively introduced me to the Navajo people in an entertaining and often humorous witness-protection story. Loved the little dog, Taco, and his relationship with the tough protection agent.

Well, that sounds intriguing! What are you working on now?

I just finished and sent to my editor the contemporary Christian romance, Across the Lake, that will first come out in a fall collection in September 2020. I’m now returning to my first speculative Christian novel whose story has captured my creative thoughts.

Where else can readers find you online?

Amazon Author Page
Website: zoemmccarthy.com

The book can be purchased online via the following button:




Readers, if you would like to see a sample reading from the book, you'll find it HERE--Click on "Look Inside."

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

What are the main ways you find the books you read, i.e. word of mouth, Facebook groups, BookBub, etc.?

Thank you, Zoe, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your book. Readers, Zoe 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, June 15, 2020

Amanda Cabot and Free Books!

With her home destroyed and a killer after her, a young woman flees to the Texas Hill Country with an orphaned girl, never dreaming that a handsome horse rancher will hold the key to her past and her future.

Before we chat with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the free copy of Cathy Richmond's historical inspirational romance, Off the Ground, is:

quiltinglady@...

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 Amanda Cabot, author of the historical romance, Out of the Embers (Revell, March 2020).

Amanda Cabot’s dream of selling a book before her thirtieth birthday came true, and she’s now the author of more than thirty-five novels as well as eight novellas, four non-fiction books, and what she describes as enough technical articles to cure insomnia in a medium-sized city.

Her inspirational romances have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists, have garnered a starred review from Publishers Weekly, and have been nominated for the ACFW Carol, the HOLT Medallion, and the Booksellers Best awards.

A popular workshop presenter, Amanda takes pleasure in helping other writers achieve their dreams of publication.

Impressive resume, Amanda! Please tell us one random thing we might not know about you.

I love to sew, make all of my own clothes, and dress dolls as Christmas gifts for the local women’s shelter.

My goodness. I'm surprised you also have time for writing. That's not an easy hobby. 

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Out of the Embers.

When the orphanage where she’s been living ever since her parents’ murders is deliberately burned, Evelyn Radcliffe knows she was the intended victim. Fleeing to the Texas Hill Country with the only other survivor, six-year-old Polly, she changes her name, pretends Polly is her sister, and opens a restaurant.

But danger lurks, even in seemingly peaceful Mesquite Springs, and she fears that not even the love of Wyatt Clark, the handsome horse rancher whose reluctant bid for mayor reignites old hostilities, can keep her and Polly safe.

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

Though she’s endured almost unbearable heartbreak, Evelyn hasn’t been broken. While she continues to live in fear of the man who killed her parents and who’s been watching her ever since, she’s braver than she admits to herself, devoted to the orphan she loves like a daughter, and determined to make her own way in the world.

Humble, brave, and noble. I love that.

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

Since I write books set in the nineteenth century when coronavirus was unknown, it’s unlikely my publisher would ask me to do that, but if they did, I’d write about the typhoid epidemics that swept through the country, emphasizing the ways communities banded together to help each other survive.

I do think many people have become more interested in historic epidemics as a result of the current challenge. 

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

I thoroughly enjoyed Regina Scott’s A Distance Too Grand. Flawless research on early explorations of the Grand Canyon and nineteenth century photography combined with a memorable love story made this an historical romance that lingers in my memory.

I can see it's been very well reviewed.

What are you working on now?

I just finished the first round of my publisher’s edits on Dreams Rekindled, the second Mesquite Springs book, and am currently writing the third in the series.

Where else can readers find you online?

Here are my links:

www.amandacabot.com
Facebook
Twitter
amandajoycabot.blogspot.com

The book can be purchased online via the following button:



Readers, if you would like to read a sample from the book, you'll find it HERE.

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

What is the most difficult situation you’ve ever faced? How did you deal with it? What lessons did you learn as you surmounted the difficulty?

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, June 8, 2020

Cathy Richmond and Free Books!

She wants to race Amelia Earhart. He's afraid of flying. Will their relationship ever get off the ground?

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the free copy of Denise Hunter's contemporary romance, Carolina Breeze, is:

teamob4@...

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 Cathy Richmond, author of the historical inspirational romance, Off the Ground (November 2019).

Cathy Richmond was working as an occupational therapist and raising her children when a special folk song sparked a story within her. Nineteen years later, her mail-order-bride story, Spring for Susannah, was published.

Her novel, Through Rushing Water, gave her the opportunity to share an untold chapter of the civil rights movement and use her experience as a missionary in Jamaica.

Third Strand of the Cord is her tribute to the amazing families of special needs children she's worked with.

Since her mother is a Virginia history librarian, Cathy took advantage of her expertise and set Gilding the Waters at mineral springs resorts in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

And now in Off the Ground, she shares her love of flying and her grandfather’s courage in starting a business during the Great Depression.

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

I have a private pilot’s license.

So you definitely wrote Off the Ground from a place of knowledge! Please tell us a bit more about the plot of the book.

As the Roaring Twenties come to a close, Mac McFarland falls head over heels for live-wire Corrie Tinley. Now that she’s graduated, they’re allowed to date. But before he can sweep her off the dance floor and into his life, her father gives her a winged death trap—a biplane. Refusing to stick around to see her crash, Mac leaves without saying goodbye.

Corrie’s family treats her like a dumb Dora, but her former basketball coach is respectful and attentive. Mac has a noble air like Lindbergh and dark hair waving over his forehead like Gary Cooper. She can’t wait to take him flying in her new biplane, but he’s disappeared. If she can’t find him, is she destined to fly solo the rest of her life?

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

When flying becomes an obsession for Corrie, Mac wonders how to rein in her enthusiasm without crushing her spirit. He discovers the fear that drives her and gives her the love she needs to heal.

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

I work in a hospital, so the story would have heroes overcoming fear and conquering COVID!

Again, you would be able to write from personal experience! 

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

I just finished Julie Lessman’s A Wing and a Prayer, about another female pilot who has a big lesson to learn. What fun to be back with the O’Connor family again!

And I’ve been on a Kellie Coates Gilbert kick. I’m in awe of her skill weaving plots and propelling the story with cliffhangers.

What are you working on now?

America is known as the land of the rugged individualist, but the US was also a hotbed of communes, cults, and utopian societies. Most of these groups imploded after a few years. I’m exploring one in Iowa. Why did people join? What caused the group to fall apart? How do you recover from that?

What a fascinating subject, Cathy. I'll bet there aren't that many people aware of that part of our history (I wasn't). 

Where else can readers find you online?

I love to hear from readers! You can find me at www.CatherineRichmond.com, and Facebook

The book can be purchased online via the following button:



Readers, if you would like to read a sample reading from the book, click HERE (and click on Look Inside).

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

Corrie’s biplane has two seats. What’s the smallest plane you’ve ridden in?

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

gcwhiskas@...

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.

The book can be purchased online via the following button:



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.

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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