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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 28, 2021

Ane Mulligan and Free Books!

She traded Sugar Hill for Vaudeville. Now she’s back, but will the people of her past keep her from a brilliant future?

Before we revisit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the free Kindle copy of the historical women’s novel, Second-Hand Sunsets by Gail Kittleson, 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 Ane Mulligan, author of the historical romance novel, On Sugar Hill (Heritage Beacon, June, 2021).

Ane Mulligan has been a voracious reader ever since her mom instilled within her a love of reading at age three, escaping into worlds otherwise unknown. 

But when Ane saw Peter Pan on stage, she was struck with a fever from which she never recovered—stage fever. She submerged herself in drama through high school and college. One day, her two loves collided, and a bestselling, award-winning novelist emerged. 

Ane lives in Sugar Hill, Georgia, with her artist husband and a rascally Rottweiler. 

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

I’m the artistic & managing director for a theatre company.

You're so perfect for that role, Ane. Please tell us a bit more about the plot of On Sugar Hill.

She traded Sugar Hill for Vaudeville. Now she’s back.

The day Cora Fitzgerald turned sixteen, she fled Sugar Hill for the bright lights of New York City, leaving behind her senator-father’s verbal abuse. But just as her career takes off, she’s summoned back home. And everything changes. 

The stock market crashes. The senator is dead. Her mother is delusional, and her mute Aunt Clara pens novels that expose the town’s secrets. 

Then there’s Boone Robertson, who never knew she was alive back in high school, but now manages to be around whenever she needs help. Will the people of her past keep her from a brilliant future?

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

Cora has gained star status as a ventriloquist and voice thrower in vaudeville. Giving that up to come home to help her mother and aunt is a huge sacrifice, yet she does it willingly. She still dreams of returning to vaudeville or even Broadway, but ...

Write one sentence that tells us something about your main character as a child.

Her father’s words of disdain drowned out her mother’s words of encouragement.

Aw, that's terribly sad. 

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

Dust by Eva Marie Everson. The story was so captivating, I did nothing but read until I finished it.

Yes! I featured Eva and her book here in May. Another southern women's novel!

What are you working on now?

The 4th book in the Georgia Magnolias series, Up Level Creek.

She's a swashbuckling dreamer who wields books instead of swords. He's a no-nonsense lawman who longs for justice. Total opposites with one goal in mind.

Your books are great fun.

Where else can readers find you online?

I can be found on AneMulligan.com, Amazon Author page, Facebook, BookBub, Goodreads, Pinterest, Twitter, and The Write Conversation.

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

What attracts you to a book? The cover? Blurb? Recommendation from others?

Thanks, Ane, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your book. Readers, Ane 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 Ane'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. 

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Gail H. said...

I’m attracted to a book in sequence. The cover to get me interested, the synopsis to grab me and if a friend recommended it, that closes the deal.

Anonymous said...

Covers do play a big part in my being interested in the contents. This series of books by Ane not only have great covers but being from the south they drew me in. I have only read the first but am looking forward to the series!

Unknown said...

The cover of a book attracts my attention, then I read the blurb. Good reviews help talk me into buying it. If a book gets a lot of bad reviews I tend to pass on it.

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Joan A said...

If I am familiar with the author, just the author's name does it! I have discovered that after the author, the cover is important. I did not previously think so but have decided the cover means more than I thought. jarning67@hotmail(dot)com

Trish Perry said...

Please remember to leave a fractured version of your email in your comment if you would like to be entered in the drawing--that's how I notify the drawing winner. There are only two comments above that I can enter next week.

For me, a cover often draws my attention, and then the back cover copy, followed by reader reviews. Sometimes I hear about books through magazine critiques, but I still follow up to determine what readers have to say.

I read Ane's first book in this series, and it was great fun!

Caryl Kane said...

Genre and personal recommendation.

Patricia B Hawes said...

Usually it's the cover but some genres more than others.

Southern-fried Fiction said...

Love your answers, everyone. Thank you!

Melanie Backus said...

I good cover always catches my eye and an interesting blurb seals the deal.
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ptclayton said...

I read what the book is about that is the first thing then I look at the cover many times a cover will get me and that isn't what I like to do. As the cover sometimes is way off from what the book is actually about. Your book sounds so good and thank you for giving away a print which I would read and review on a few sites! peggy clayton

Anonymous said...

I like the cover and the synopsis. What a messed up family! Vivian Furbay jtandviv (at) q (dot) com



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