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Monday, January 15, 2018

Dr. Richard Mabry and Free Books!

Surgeon’s Choice: Dr. Ben Merrick and his fiancé, Rachel Gardner, thought getting her parents to their wedding was their only problem, but then people started turning up dead.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Death at Thorburn Hall, by DeAnna Dodson, is:


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And now let's chat with novelist Dr. Richard Mabry, author of the Medical mystery with romance, Surgeon’s Choice, Indie-published (Kindle: Amazon; Print: Smashwords, January 2018).

Dr. Richard Mabry is a retired physician, now writing “medical mysteries with heart.” He is the author of one non-fiction book, four novellas, and eleven published novels. His novels have been finalists for the Carol Award, the Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award, the Reviewer’s Choice Award, the Selah Award, and others.

He and his wife live in north Texas. In addition to regular efforts (thus far unsuccessful) to improve his golf game, he spends much of his time trying to convince his family that sitting at his desk staring into space does indeed represent work.

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

I spent almost three years in the Air Force, participated in a helicopter rescue, and hate heights.

I can't imagine dealing with a fear/hatred of heights while up in the air!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Surgeon's Choice.

Dr. Ben Merrick and his fiancé, Rachel Gardner, can’t get her divorced parents to stay in the same room, much less attend their wedding together. He is also looking over his shoulder expecting more trouble from a very senior surgeon who has shown he is still smarting from a previous dust-up. Ben doesn’t know if a series of mishaps and accidents are caused by a disgruntled patient’s relatives or represent more from the older surgeon.

Then his prospective father-in-law approaches him, needing money for reasons Ben can’t fathom. Rachel has an idea about the cause of the request, but she doesn’t want to accept it. Then, when the deaths begin, Ben and Rachel begin to wonder if they can escape unscathed…and alive.

What is it about Ben Merrick that will make your readers care about him?

Dr. Ben Merrick suspects the father of his fiancé has done some bad things—he doesn’t know what, and doesn’t press her—but he stays by her side, even when things go wrong.

What special effort do you want to make in 2018 to improve your writing?

I want to remember the advice of Donald Maass: Decide what the worst possible thing can be for your protagonist. Do it. Then make it worse. I want my readers to keep turning pages to see what happens next.

Such a good reminder. I don't think I'm hard enough on my protagonists.

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

I spend a lot of time re-reading books by some of my favorite authors. I’m currently reading The Litigators, by John Grisham. I get a lot of legal material from his books (he doesn’t do much research, but he’s a lawyer), as well as seeing how he can get his characters into and out of trouble.

What are you working on now?

I’m editing (actually, re-writing) my next novel, Guarded Prognosis. I plan to release it in the summer of 2018. I’ve also made a start on the novella I want to release in December of 2018, Emergency Call.

Where else can readers find you online?

Readers can find out more about me on my web page (www.rmabry.com). I post twice a week on my blog (www.rmabry.blogspot.com). My Facebook page is www.facebook.com/rmabrybooks, and my Twitter page is www.twitter.com/RichardMabry. I’m also on Goodreads as Richard Mabry.

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

What is your preferred genre for reading? When you read mysteries, do you like those that make you leave the lights on or ones that allow you to sleep with them off?

Thank you, Richard, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your book. Readers, Richard has offered to give away an e-copy or a print copy of his novel. To enter, leave a comment and your email below in answer to Richard's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Remember that 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. Many commenters are left out of the drawing because they forget to include a way for me to notify them of their win (their email).

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Richard Mabry said...

Trish, thanks for letting me get to know the readers of your blog. I look forward to interacting with them.

Cindy W. said...

Hi Trish & Dr. Mabry, I love mysteries that make me think and get involved. I'd prefer to keep the lights off though. :)

I would love to win an e-copy of Dr. Mabry's book. Thank you for the chance.

Cindy W.

Holly Magnuson said...

Thanks Trish for hosting Dr. Mabry! I love his books!! Mysteries that allow me to solve them right along with the protagonist are my favorite, though I've expanded what I read and enjoy, a good mystery is still my first love.

Blessings to you both,

Richard Mabry said...

Trish, I've just received the hard copies of Surgeon's Choice, so I'm happy to change this giveaway to either an e-book (Kindle format) or print copy. And if the winner has already bought the book, I'll send them an Amazon gift card instead.

Sally Shupe said...

Love this post! I love reading suspense, but I prefer to be able to turn the lights off. This sounds like a great book!

sallyshupe1 at gmail dot com

Patricia Bradley said...

I'm reading Surgeon's Choice and loving it. And I love all of Dr. Mabry's books. Mystery is my go-to genre and I like the leave lights on--as in a cozy, and turn 'em off as in suspense.

Library Lady said...

I enjoy reading mysteries whether the light is on or not.
We have Dr. Mabry's books in the church library. If I win, I would prefer a paperback book to give to the library after I read it first.
Janet E.

MJSH said...

I love suspense and mystery. I’d like to leave the lights on....

sharon said...

I definitely like to read books that let me sleep with the lights off. I live alone now and get scared! SM. wileygreen1@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the opportunity to Win one of Dr Mary's book. I really enjoy reading his books. I enjoyed the interview too. It's great to learn some interesting facts about authors.I did not know that Richard was in the Air Force and hated heights.I am excited to read Surgeons Choice. I also love Christian books. God bless rose blackard (at) gmail (dot) com

Martha W. Rogers said...

Love your books, Richard. Don't have this one yet, but I will. Looking forward to it. Enjoyed your interview. I learned a few new things about you.:)

Deanna Stevens said...

I enjoy any clean genre.. mostly suspense and Christian historical. I do enjoy your medical thrillers too!!

Deanna Stevens said...

I like the leave the lights on type too :)

Anonymous said...

I like to mix up the genre when I'm reading - a mystery here, a historical fiction there, etc. but I almost only read Christian books because there are so many good authors out there now! And I do love a good suspense book - as long as it isn't too creepy! I like to be able to sleep at night!
jkmarko at cox dot net

Richard Mabry said...

Thanks to everyone for your comments and nice words. Keep 'em coming. (Reminds me of the Pogo comic that said, "Vote early and often." Guess that dates me.)

Donna B said...

I like to read either type of mystery books as long as they are clean. I don't have a problem sleeping after reading no matter what happens in the book. I am looking forward to reading one of Richard's books.

Linda said...

I've read several of Dr. Mabry's books and am looking forward to reading this one. I do prefer to keep the lights on.

Caryl Kane said...

Hello Trish and Dr. Mabry! My go-to-genre is mystery/suspense. I enjoy the need to leave the lights on type.


Jacque said...

I love Dr. Mabry's books. Just when you think you have it figured out, there is a twist.
Jacque Webb

Trish Perry said...

Like jkmarco, I like to mix it up, genre-wise. I've always marveled at mystery writers. I don't know if I could keep readers in suspense, dropping little clues but throwing them off the trail at the same time. My favorite mystery experience is when I think I've figured out the ending, but then I experience total surprise--but only if it's feasible, which is why I envy good mystery writers!

Thanks, Richard for being so flexible and generous to offer either format for the drawing winner.

Kelly Blackwell said...

This is a tough question. When I was quite young I read all the books my grandma had in her house so I reached into her bedside table and found Jaws. After that I had a proclivity for books that made me want to leave a light on! At this point in time, I like to go back and forth. The right book is the right book whether it is cozy or a little heavy on the mystery thriller side.

Thanks for the chance to win!




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