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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, May 10, 2021

Eva Marie Everson and Free Books!

Allison Houser is a woman—a grandmother—looking back on her life, her marriage, and motherhood and questioning whether she will leave behind a legacy that matters at all.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the free Kindle copy of the inspirational novel, Eyes of Our Heart, by Nancy Moser, 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 Eva Marie Everson, author of the southern women's novel, Dust (Firefly Southern Fiction, March 2021).

Eva Marie Everson is the multiple award-winning, bestselling author of both fiction and nonfiction. She is the president of Word Weavers International and the director of Florida Christian Writers Conference. Eva Marie is a frequent speaker and keynote presenter at writers conferences across America. 

She and her husband make their home in Central Florida where they enjoy time with their children and grandchildren. They are owned by one very persnickety cat (is there another kind?). 

Dust is her 40th title.

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

I’ve been struck by lightning.

Wow. I don't think I've ever actually met someone who experienced that! I won't make any puns about your sparkling personality--I'm sure you've heard them all.

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

In 1977, when nineteen-year-old Allison Middleton receives a proposal of marriage from Westley Houser, she eagerly accepts, having no idea the secret Westley carries—a secret that will change Allison’s life forever. But Allison rises to the challenge of raising Westley’s toddling daughter as though she were her own.

Over the course of their lifetime together, Allison, Westley, and Michelle form the strong bond of family. As Allison struggles with infertility and finding her way during a time of great change for women, others—some she knows and others whom she never meets—brush and weave against the fabric of her life, leaving her with more questions than answers.

From teen bride to grandmother, Allison’s life chronicles the ups and downs of an ordinary woman’s life to examine the value of what we all leave behind.

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

She’s real. When she is a young woman of 19, she has the stars of love in her eyes. When she is a widow in her sixties, she understands what real love is. True sacrifice. And the act of putting one foot in front of the other when you think you cannot go forward.

I love stories that draw readers into the young lives of people now in the later stages of life. All too often we act as if older people never lived. 

How do you restart the creative flow when you feel a block coming on?

I take a walk. Or I watch an old movie. Or, listen to good music. Sometimes, I sit down with what I know is a good book. Let someone else’s talent become the muse.

Yes, I've actually watched movies before with the express purpose of keeping that right hemisphere open to what might spark. The ideas are never the same as what's going on in the film, but the inspiration is there.

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

Right Kind of Fool by Sarah Loudin Thomas. The book was entered in the Selah Awards. When the first score came back, I knew I wanted to buy my own copy. I saw Sarah a week later at a conference, but I didn’t tell her I had ordered the book … I wanted to see, first, if I liked it. Liked it?? I could hardly put it down. Such talent this girl has!

Great recommendation. I read the summary on the Amazon page--intriguing! 

What are you working on now?

The Third Path, which is nonfiction. I’m also researching some WWII history and doing research for a series of children’s books.

Where else can readers find you online?

www.EvaMarieEversonAUTHOR.com
Facebook (personal) and Facebook Author
Pinterest
Instagram

The book can be purchased online via the following button:



Readers, you can access a sample from the novel by going HERE and clicking on Look Inside.

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

How do you feel about what we are now calling “clean reads” vs. “Christian Fiction”?

Thanks, Eva, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your book. Readers, Eva has offered to give away a free copy of her book. To enter, click on the word "comments" below to reach the comments page, and leave your answer and your email in answer to Eva's 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, if you connect with me on Bookbub, you'll get alerts when my books release and when they're available at special sale prices. And if you'd like to connect with me on Facebook, just click HERE or 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 3, 2021

When She Stumbled -- Brand New Romantic Comedy!



My latest romantic comedy, When She Stumbled
has just been released for 
Kindle and in print!


Here's a bit about the story:

Georgie Hobbs awakens on a gorgeous morning in her lovely Washington, DC apartment and stands on the precipice of professional and personal success. She’s the author of an exciting new biography about a hotshot marriage therapist. She has a talented boyfriend in Manhattan, where she may move if their love continues to grow.

But in a matter of hours, Georgie sees her vision of the future crumble in nearly every respect—her career, her love, her home—gone.

City girl Georgie escapes to the tiny rural town of Grimsey, Iowa, to lick her wounds and find shelter with her sister’s family. Thanks to an old movie star, a handsome sculptor, and unearthed secrets, shelter is just the beginning of what she finds.

The book can be purchased online via the following button:



And you can read a sample of the story by going HERE and clicking on "Look Inside."

Happy reading!

Nancy Moser and Free Books!

Five people notice God at work in their lives. They have a choice whether to ignore Him or join Him. Their decisions are life-changing.

Before we revisit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the free copy of the contemporary romance, Bookshop by the Sea, by Denise Hunter, 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 catch up with novelist Nancy Moser, author of the inspirational novel, Eyes of Our Heart (Mustard Seed Press, September 2020).

Nancy Moser is the author of over forty books. Her award-winning stories will inspire you to discover your unique God-given purpose. Her genres include both contemporary and historical stories, inspirational humor, and children's books.

Some of her books have garnered awards. The Pattern Artist was a finalist for a Romantic Times award. An Unlikely Suitor was named to Booklist's Top 100 Romance Novels of the last decade. Nancy's time-travel novel, Time Lottery, won a Christy Award, and Washington's Lady was a finalist.

Nancy and her husband live in the Midwest. She's earned a degree in architecture, traveled extensively in Europe, and has performed in numerous theaters, symphonies, and choirs. She is a fan of anything antique--humans included.

That last sentence gets more complimentary as time passes...

You have such an impressive list of accolades for your novels, Nancy! Please tell us one random thing we might not know about you. Something that has nothing to do with writing.

I performed in community theatre in Brigadoon, My Fair Lady, and Fiddler on the Roof.

You're definitely strong in the arts! 

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Eyes of Our Heart.

When I write a novel, I become totally invested in the characters. So do readers, and they often ask me what happened to so-and-so. That’s why I decided to revisit some of my favorite characters in Eyes of Our Heart. I chose some favorites from A Steadfast Surrender, the Mustard Seed Series, and the Sister Circle series, placing them all fifteen years later.

Eyes of Our Hearts was inspired by Ephesians 1: 18: "I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people." This verse spurred me to follow five ordinary people as they share a common desire to see how God is working in their lives. But are they willing to merge their journey with His?

One eagerly accepts His invitation but has her own ideas about how His plan should play out. One feels she is too ordinary and of little use. One tries too hard to make things happen. Another continues their faithful life, seeking His ways. Yet another wants nothing to do with Him. How would you react?

That's a fascinating idea. I wish I had thought of it! It's such a good idea for those readers, as you said, who wonder what happened to characters featured in your past works.

How do you restart the creative flow when you feel a block coming on?

I interview one of my characters about the important moments in their lives. That usually reveals some interesting personal history that leads to a new scene or plotline.

I believe I'll actually use that hint to generate some new info for the Christmas novella I'm currently writing. I'm not stuck, but your idea probably helps at any point in the writing process.

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

Randy Alcorn’s Safely Home. It showcases the persecution of Christians in China. But it’s so much more than that. It really made me think about the depth and strength of my own faith. What would I sacrifice for my faith? It’s a book I will never forget.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on a novel called An Undiscovered Life. My mother died in 2020 at age 99. While going through her belongings I realized all the different roles she’d played in her long life: a wife, mother, entrepreneur, teacher, saleswoman, activist, fashion designer, dreamer . . . It inspired An Undiscovered Life, a book about a matriarch who shares the lessons of her life with her family. They discover they have much in common, and much to learn—and cherish—from each other. We shouldn’t think of our elders as simply old. They are seasoned and wise and can be an inspiration!

Yes! And we do ourselves and our elders such a disservice to put off learning about them and from them while they're still with us. I was so glad my grandson took such an interest in my father's WWII career while my father was still alive. We learned things I never knew. Your new novel sounds like it will be excellent.

Where else can readers find you online?

I’m an avid pinner on Pinterest with boards from fashion to books to recipes to decorating. I also post daily “visual verses” on Facebook. I started doing this on March 21, 2020 when the pandemic was starting, and I’m still doing it over a year later. Readers can find all my books on my website at www.nancymoser.com, and read my blogs of inspirational humor and interesting historical tidbits. Also find me at Goodreads, Instagram, and Bookbub.

The book can be purchased online via the following button:



Readers, you can access a sample from the novel by going HERE and clicking on Look Inside.

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

What makes you read a certain book? The cover? The title? An inner need for inspiration, curiosity, or simply a desire to be entertained?

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, click on the word "comments" below to reach the comments page, and leave your answer and your email in answer to Nancy's 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, if you connect with me on Bookbub, you'll get alerts when my books release and when they're available at special sale prices. And if you'd like to connect with me on Facebook, just click HERE or 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 26, 2021

"Local Girl" for Sale at 99 Cents!


For a limited time, my
contemporary romantic comedy,
Local Girl
, is on sale for only 99 cents!


Here's a description of the story:

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.


The book can be purchased online via the following button:



Happy reading!

Denise Hunter and Free Books!

After raising her siblings, it’s finally time for Sophie to open her dream bookshop in Piper’s Cove NC—but she gets sidetracked when a hurricane strands her there with the man who broke her heart years ago.

Before we revisit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the free Kindle copy of the historical suspense novel, The Nature of Fragile Things, by Susan Meissner, 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, Bookshop by the Sea (HarperCollins Christian Publishing, April 2021).

Denise Hunter is the internationally published bestselling author of more than 35 novels, three of which have been made into Hallmark movies. She has appeared on the The 700 club and won awards such as The Holt Medallion Award, The Carol Award, The Reader's Choice Award, The Foreword Book of the Year Award, and is a RITA finalist.

Denise writes heartwarming, small-town love stories, peopled with layered characters who struggle with real-life issues. Her readers enjoy the experience of falling in love vicariously through her characters and can expect a happily-ever-after sigh as they close the pages of her books.

When Denise isn't orchestrating love lives on the written page, she enjoys traveling with her family, drinking coffee, and playing drums. Denise makes her home in Indiana where she and her husband are currently enjoying an empty nest.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Bookshop by the Sea.

After her mother became bedridden and her father bailed on the family, Sophie found herself serving as a second mother to her twin brother, Seth, and younger sister, Jenna. Sophie supported her siblings through their college years, putting aside her own dream of opening a bookshop in Piper’s Cove—the quaint North Carolina beach town they frequented as children.

Now it’s finally time for Sophie to follow her own pursuits. Seth has a new job, and Jenna is set to marry her college beau in Piper’s Cove. But the destination wedding reunites Sophie with best man Aiden Maddox, her high school sweetheart who left her without a backward glance. When an advancing hurricane strands Aiden in Piper’s Cove after the wedding, he finds the hotels booked to capacity and has to ask Sophie to put him up until the storm passes. 

As the two ride out the weather, old feelings rise to the surface. The delay also leaves Sophie with mere days to get her bookshop up and running. Can she trust Aiden to stick around? And will he find the courage to risk his heart?

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

I guess because I’m introverted (and possibly because I’m a woman), most people are surprised to learn that I play the drums. 

I love that--you probably couldn't have picked a more noticeable instrument to play, but I saw you play before. You truly focus on the instrument, rather than the attention! 

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Bookshop by the Sea.

There’s something very compelling about first love, and in Bookshop by the Sea we have a couple that was madly in love years ago but couldn’t quite make it work. They both had underlying issues that kept them from having a healthy relationship, and they needed to grow up a little in order to recognize this. So, when Aiden reenters Sophie’s life, there’s a lot at stake. The feelings are still there. The chemistry is still there. But so are the problems. Sophie has to learn to trust herself and others, and Aiden has to overcome his fear of abandonment in order for the couple to finally find their happily ever after. I so enjoyed writing these characters—and watching them grow—and I can’t wait to introduce readers to them!

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

Sophie has always put others first. While still in high school, she cared for her bed-ridden mother. And after her mother’s passing, she finished raising her siblings, seeing them through high school and then college. I hope readers will be rooting for Sophie as she finally has the chance to follow her own dream—opening a bookshop by the sea!

It does sound like a dream!

Imagine you’ve been contracted to write a novel about a real person. About whom would you want to write?

Can I please make Beth Moore my next protagonist? Her romance story has already been told (and lived), but I just feel as if she’d bring a whole lot of spiritual depth to a novel—not to mention a whole lot of fun!

I've loved the answers to this question this month--I'd be interested in any of the novels suggested.

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

I highly recommend Colleen Coble’s Pelican Harbor series! It starts with One Little Lie and follows Sheriff Jane Hardy through a web of intrigue that’s related to her past. The series has all the suspense and romance to keep those pages turning.

What are you working on now?

I’m currently hard at work on my next series, set in a North Carolina town in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. The first book, Riverbend Gap, releases in October, 2021.

Where else can readers find you online?

Readers can find out more about my books on my website: www.denisehunterbooks.com There they can also sign up for my newsletter, enter my monthly contest, or print off my booklist. I also love connecting with readers on social media:

Facebook
Instagram
Twitter

The book can be purchased online via the following button:



Readers, you can access a sample from the novel by going HERE and clicking on Look Inside.

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

What is the last series you binge-read?

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, click on the word "comments" below to reach the comments page, and leave your answer and your email in answer to Denise's 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, if you connect with me on Bookbub, you'll get alerts when my books release and when they're available at special sale prices. And if you'd like to connect with me on Facebook, just click HERE or 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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