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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:


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:


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.

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Anonymous said...

Traverse City

Jackie Smith said...

Charleston SC
jacsmi75 at gmail dot com

Shannon Godfrey said...

A Georgia coastal city would be wonderful. Tybee Island, Savannah, Jekyll Island or St. Simons Island. Those are all places I’ve visited many times and I love reading books that take place somewhere I’ve been and have wonderful memories of.


Sonnetta Jones said...

I love Montana and the Carolina's a book settings.

Elizabeth Litton said...

Maybe Hagerstown, MD or Berkeley Springs, WV---those would be fun!

eclitton at gmail dot com

Heidi Reads... said...

I'd love to read a series set in Boston! Please enter me in the giveaway. Thanks!

colorvibrant at gmail dot com

Sara Derscheid said...

How about Nashville? Has that been done before? Thinkscrap[at]gmail[dot]com

MJSH said...

Stowe, Vermont. Love that town. Denise Hunter does have a set of novella collection set in Vermont though...
mindyhoung AT msn DOT com

Linda R said...

Gatlinburg, TN


Caryl Kane said...

Hey Trish and Denise! I enjoy stories set in charming, beach communities. Hilton Head Island, SC and Martha's Vineyard.


Sherry Moe said...

I would love to see a series take place in Sault Sainte Marie, MI. The historical background, Soo Locks, long winters in the Upper Peninsula would make for a great series.

Paula Shreckhise said...

A coastal city somewhere in Georgia, North or South Carolina.

Denise Hunter said...

Those are some great setting locations! I've set a novel on NC's coast and will be setting another one there next year. I'm a huge fan of the south. Virginia, I'm so glad you're enjoying my books. :) Virginia would be lovely. Thanks for commenting, everyone! Good luck in the drawing. <3 Denise


Montana or Colorado SARAHTAYLOR601973(at)YAHOO(dot)COM

Patricia Hawes said...

I like books on the Amish, so any of those town's work for me. I also enjoy books set in Ireland, Scotland and Wales, the mountains of VA and NC. I'm easy.

Anonymous said...

I think either Bar Harbor, Stonington or Rockport, Maine would be great coastal locations for a book setting.
marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com

Anonymous said...

Middletown, Ohio. Use sarahmom335@yahoo.com

JackieW said...

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Trixi said...

Okay, since I live on the Oregon coast, why not have a story or book series set out here? Or maybe even somewhere along the Puget Sound in Washington (Seattle area). There are a lot of islands you can hop on a ferry to visit & explore! Plus it's beautiful there to boot. :-)

Thank you for the giveaway chance to win a copy of Carolina Breeze, Trish! I'm also a newsletter subscriber.

teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

Virginia C said...

Thank you, Trish! Denise, it's so nice to see you here with Trish & Company. You are one of my longtime favorite authors--I have several of your complete series and also some of your other books. I was so excited to see the Hallmark Channel adapt your work for film! I live in the beautiful mountains of Virginia--a wonderful place to set a story : ) Stay Safe everyone & Best Wishes for all releases!!! gcwhiskas at aol dot com

Trish Perry said...

I love all of these suggestions! I've always been drawn to beach-town stories, as well as both village-type environments and big-city settings. I loved Patricia's suggestion for Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. I really love reading stories set outside the U.S.

Joan A said...

Dunbar, Scotland where my ancestors probably lived!
You can take a nice research trip! jarning67(at)hotmail(dot)com

Laura Waltz said...

Mackinac Island. I love the history of the island and it is one of my favorite places.


Gail H. said...

Gulf Shores in Alabama. Or anywhere in Alaska.




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