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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
 

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