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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--and signed by the author!

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 Christian novelists, their latest books, and their words of wisdom and imagination. Enjoy!

Monday, December 5, 2016

James Callan, December Releases, and Free Books!

 photo Cover - A Silver Medallion_zpsb6pywlgt.jpgWhen Crystal Moore discovers slaves in modern-day Dallas, she would like to forget about it, but her conscience will not let her.

Before we meet today's featured author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Entangled, by Julie Arduini, is:

mauback55@...

Congratulations! I'll email you for your snail mail address, and 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 participate in future book give-aways! Subscribers are entered a second time when they comment.

And now let's meet novelist James Callan, author of the suspense novel, A Silver Medallion (Pennant Publishing, June, 2016).

James R. Callan is a writer of mysteries and suspense novels who comes from a varied background.

He has taught at the high school and college level. He has worked in a research center in the field of mathematics. He served as the vice-president of technology for a database company. He has received grants from the National Science Foundation and NASA. He has been listed in Who's Who in Computer Science and Two Thousand Notable Americans. He has had eleven books published.

In addition to writing, Callan loves to travel. He and his wife have visited all fifty of the United States and six of the seven continents. They divide their time between homes in Texas and Mexico. They have four children and six grandchildren.

Please tell us three random things we might not know about you.

-- It is a rare day that I do not have a bowl of ice cream.

-- I own six working chainsaws.

-- I managed a Mexican Restaurant for a year.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of A Silver Medallion.

In 2015, young, unadventurous and naive Crystal Moore encounters a slave in Dallas, Texas -- a slave held not by chains, but by threats her two girls held hostage in the jungles of Mexico will be killed if she escapes or even admits her situation.

First, Crystal tries to forget it. Then, she tries to find some way to help the woman without getting involved. It becomes clear. The children must be freed first, or the mother will never dare escape. And there is no agency or group to rescue the young girls. Crystal's conscience demands she take on the task.

Crystal will need the help of mysterious Juan Grande. If she succeeds, mother and children will be free -- and Crystal will have two powerful and ruthless men, one in Texas and one in Mexico, who will want her dead.

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

Though terrified at the prospect, Crystal sets out on a journey to rescue two young girls she has never met and who are held hostage in the jungles of Mexico by a ruthless drug lord. She lost her parents when she was seven and she knows how these children are suffering. And she sees the mother, working as a virtual slave rather than puting their lives at risk. Crystal is not an adventure seeker. She has met the mother only once. But she is willing to take incredible risks to help ease the pain and suffering of this mother and her children.

If you were the casting director for the film version of your novel, who would play your lead roles?

 photo 255949_zpsbrpq4es5.jpgFor Crystal, Lily Collins.





 photo f96e18dac38b66ad181d5bbbb8714c51_large_zpsjh8rdsu5.jpegFor Brandi, Emma Stone.





 photo Guillermo-Navarro_zpsybh6lixt.jpgFor Juan Grande, Guillermo Navarro.





 photo d0538610cdad9e667de67dc3d351890c_zpslpp5werq.jpgFor Mark, Chris Evans.





Author Robin Jones Gunn has said that all inspirational authors eventually get a sense of an overall theme God has given them for their stories. What do you think your theme is?

You must help others who cannot help themselves.

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

The Third Secret, by Steve Berry. Once again, Mr. Berry delivers a tense, gripping, page-turner, written in smooth prose.

What are you working on now?

I'm working on the third book in the father Frank Mysteries, following Cleansed by Fire and Over My Dead Body.

Where else can readers find you online?

My website is www.jamesrcallan.com and my Amazon author page.


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

If you like mysteries or suspense books, what do you want to see in a book from these genres?

Thanks, James, for telling us about your novel. Readers, James has offered to give a signed copy of his book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, December 12. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to James's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. The drawing is done by email, so leave your email address, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com. 

Also, I'd love it if you'd connect with me on Facebook. Just click on my name at the right of today's post.

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As you scroll down to the comments section at the end of this post, take a look at some of the terrific new fiction releasing in December!

Contemporary Romance:

Bella Natale! by Marianne Evans -- An aspiring American artist and the widowed, Italian owner of a premier art gallery meet and fall in love in Florence when he champions her work, but there are her American family's expectations and his five-year-old son to consider. (Contemporary Romance from White Rose Publishing [Pelican])

With this Kiss by Marianne Evans -- A kiss stolen in a midnight snow. A jealous colleague at Jonathan's firm is bent on revenge...revenge that puts Isabella's store into legal peril. Will love be enough to see them through? (Contemporary Romance from White Rose Publishing [Pelican])

Mistletoe Daddy by Deb Kastner -- Bubbly Vivian Grainger bids on gruff Nick McKenna at Serendipity Texas's annual Bachelors and Baskets for one reason--to help her build her hair salon; but once Nick finds out she's pregnant, he does his best to build a path to Vivian's heart. (Contemporary Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

A Hero for Heather by Marion Ueckermann -- When a "homeless" man she's been helping rescues social worker Heather Blume from a vicious attack, she's so grateful she violates one of the most important rules in her profession--she takes him home to tend his wounds. But the mysterious Paxton Rathbone is no homeless man…he's a gentleman. When feelings grow, and Paxton's past beckons, both he and Heather discover there's a fine line between gratitude and love. (Contemporary Romance, Independently Published)

A Husband for Holly by Marion Ueckermann -- Holly Blume loves decorating people's homes, but that doesn't mean she's ready to play house. Believing a house is not a home without a woman's touch, Reverend Christopher Stewart is in the market for a wife. What woman would consider him marriage material, though, with an aging widowed father to look after, especially one who suffers from Alzheimer's? Despite their differences, Holly resolves to finish her job of redesigning the Stewart home, while Christopher determines to re-form Holly's heart. (Contemporary Romance, Independently Published)

Rocky Mountain Cowboy by Tina Radcliffe -- Twelve years after she married another man, Rebecca Anshaw Simpson is back at Joe Gallagher's ranch as his physical therapist. But healing his body is nothing compared to guarding his heart from the woman he never forgot. Becca won't let regret and a surly rancher get in the way of her job and the chance to start over with her little girl. But Becca never expected she'd fall all over again for her first love. (Contemporary Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Cozy Mystery:

Christmas Cookie Mystery by Naomi Miller -- With Christmas right around the corner, Katie Chupp and The Sweet Shop get involved in a mystery when a certain dear family finds an unexpected package at their door. (Cozy Mystery from S&G Publishing)

Historical:

Michel: The Fourth Wise Man by Katheryn Maddox Haddad -- This descendant of Daniel, also a wise man, sacrifices everything - his wife, his father, his home - to do what he is convinced God needs him to do, then finds out he was wrong. (Historical from Northern Lights Publishing House)

Five Nights with Pharaoh by Kristen Reed -- Shortly after entering Egypt with her husband, Sarai is taken into Pharaoh’s harem as his newest, most favored concubine. The breathtaking, ageless beauty is forced to cling to her faith in God as she prays for the strength to accept her new position and endures a series of mysterious plagues that can only be indicative of a wrathful deity’s divine judgment. Discover a remarkable reimagining of Sarai’s plight in Egypt, where she humbly set aside her own honor to protect the man through whom all the nations of the earth would be blessed. (Historical - Independently Published)

Historical Romance:

Seven Brides for Seven Texans Romance Collection by Amanda Barratt, Susan Page Davis, Keli Gwyn, Vickie McDonough, Gabrielle Meyer, Lorna Leslie Seilstad, Erica Vetsch -- Meet the seven Hart brothers of the 7-Heart ranch in central Texas. Each man is content in his independent life, without the responsibilities of a wife and children--until their father decides 1874 will be the year his grown sons finally marry, or they will be cut from his will. How will each man who values his freedom respond to the ultimatum? Can love develop on a timeline, or will it be sacrificed for the sake of an inheritance? (Historical Romance from Barbour Publishing)

A Pony Express Romance by Misty M. Beller -- Pony Express rider Josiah English and the station master's sister, Mara Reid, fall in love, but when the Express shuts down and Mara's family home is in peril, the danger looming over Mara's life may not be half as destructive as that threatening her heart. (Historical Romance, Independently Published)

Military Suspense:

Conspiracy of Silence by Ronie Kendig -- A former Green Beret is confronted by past mistakes as he and his team battle a centuries-old plague and the terrorists bent on rewriting history. (Military Suspense from Bethany House [Baker])

Romantic Suspense:

Hazardous Holiday by Liz Johnson -- Just in time for the holidays, navy SEAL Zach McCloud returns home from deployment--and discovers someone wants his family dead. When he married his cousin's struggling widow, he vowed to help her and her seriously ill son, and now he'll risk everything to protect them. Even if their arrangement is only temporary. Kristi's certain an unhappy client from the law firm where she works is determined to hunt her down. But when a sniper bullet wildly misses its target, they begin to question whether it's really her someone wants dead. Working together, can they figure out why they've been attacked…and keep little Cody from the nefarious forces dead set on making this Christmas their last? (Romantic Suspense from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Christmas Conspiracy by Susan Sleeman -- When Commander Jake Marsh loses control of a hostage situation and Tessa Long is injured, guilt eats at him. He blurs the line between the professional and personal, and visits Tessa at the hospital. But when a man tries to kill her in her hospital room, Jake disregards all of the rules and regulations that have allowed him to control his world and vows to keep her safe no matter what. Trouble is, the situation brings back memories from his childhood of the loss of his entire family, and for the first time in twenty years, he fears he's no longer in charge of his life, and knows when he's out of control bad things happen. Very bad things. (Romantic Suspense from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Happy reading!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Julie Arduini and Free Books!

 photo Entangled2_edited_zps1s5kb0x7.jpgA single mom creates a lot of entanglements when she struggles to accept a gift that changes her career path.

Before we meet today's featured author, I want to announce that the winner of the free signed copy of The Silent Songbird, by Melanie Dickerson, is:

momrain@...

Congratulations! I'll email you to get your snail mail address, and 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 participate in future book give-aways! Subscribers are entered a second time when they comment.

And now let's meet novelist Julie Arduini, author of the contemporary romance, Entangled (Surrendered Scribe Media, 2016).

 photo January2016_zpsjzdsn3eg.jpgJulie Arduini loves to encourage readers to surrender the good, the bad, and---maybe one day---the chocolate. She’s the author of the re-release, Entrusted: Surrendering the Present, as well as the sequel, Entangled: Surrendering the Past.

She also shared her story in the infertility devotional, A Walk in the Valley. She blogs every other Wednesday for Christians Read.

She resides in Ohio with her husband and two children.

Please tell us three random things we might not know about you.

---I was born on Good Friday with tornado warnings.

---I used to live 7 miles from the Watkins Glen NASCAR racetrack.

---I was sent to the principal in the 6th grade for reading ahead of the teacher.

I love that last one--good for you, hungry little 6th grader. And shame on that buzz-killing teacher!

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

Carla Rowling has been given the means to leave her job as mountain sheriff and pursue her dream, to become a stylist. The gift is so generous that she struggles because she feels unworthy. Carla can’t forgive herself for getting pregnant in high school.

Her issues cause her to make choices that affect everyone---her teen son, her high school sweetheart who is back in town, and her boyfriend, Will.

Can she surrender the past and live tangle free, or will she burn her options worse than a bad perm?

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

I believe they will have compassion for her unwillingness to forgive herself for the way she became a mom, as a teenager, but applaud her for how invested she is in caring for her son. I’ve heard from single moms who explained that they could relate to Carla---her fears, regrets, and choices.

If you were the casting director for the film version of your novel, who would play your lead roles?

 photo reese-witherspoon-draper-james_2015_05.0.0_zpsni4bht5r.jpgI think Reese Witherspoon would play Carla





 photo db132f36fc91616c205dc61417756947_zpsknrryuog.jpgand Daniel Lissing (When Calls the Heart on Hallmark) would play Will.





Who would you say is one of your favorite mainstream author?

Mainstream to me are the authors that I admire in Christian fiction. Kristin Billerbeck is a favorite. She showed me through her Ashley Stockingdale series that sassy heroines can carry a story, and that gave me the confidence to write Entrusted, book one featuring Carla’s best friend, Jenna.

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

Wild Montana Skies by Susan May Warren. Her writing always sucks me in and puts me right in the scene. The chemistry between the characters was palpable and the conflict kept me turning the pages.

What are you working on now?

Book 3 in the Surrendering Time series, Engaged: Surrendering the Future. Trish Maxwell is back in Speculator Falls after a failed career in New York City. She has egg on her face, a lot of angry people she has to answer to, and a hunger to know what’s next in her life, especially after she meets paramedic Wayne Peterson.

Where else can readers find you online?

I’d love for them to find me at juliearduini.com and enjoy the free resources I have available on my left sidebar. I also am available for a follow on Amazon and Goodreads, and throughout social media, including Snapchat, @JulieArduini. I love to connect, so please find me and say hello.

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

I’m wrapping up a series and am ready to plot another. What surrender issues would you like to read about? So far I’ve worked with surrendering fear, loss and change (Entrusted), regret (Entangled), and goals and dreams versus God’s plan (Engaged).

Thanks, Julie, for telling us about your novel. Readers, Julie has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, December 5. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Julie's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. The drawing is done by email, so leave your email address, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com. 

Also, I'd love it if you'd connect with me on Facebook. Just click on my name at the right of today's post.

Annoying legal disclaimer: drawings void where prohibited; open only to U.S. residents; the odds of winning depend upon the number of participants. See full disclaimer, as well as my Disclosure of Material Connection HERE.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Melanie Dickerson, New Releases, and Free Books!

 photo SilentSongbirdFinal 002_zpsoohgmpxb.jpgEvangeline is gifted with a heavenly voice, but she is trapped in a sinister betrothal—until she embarks on a daring escape and meets brave and handsome Westley le Wyse.

Before we meet today's featured author, I want to announce that the winner of the free e-copy of Breach of Trust, by Jodie Bailey, is:

lattebooks@...

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 participate in future book give-aways! Subscribers are entered a second time when they comment.

And now let's meet novelist Melanie Dickerson, author of the Medieval Fairy Tale Retelling romance novel, The Silent Songbird (Thomas Nelson, November 2016).

 photo 563114_637868829563806_1338201832_n_zpsqdrozfm4.jpgMelanie Dickerson is the author of Medieval Fairy Tale Retellings and a Regency Romance series. Her first book, The Healer’s Apprentice, was a Christy Award finalist and winner of the National Reader’s Choice Award for Best First Book.

Melanie earned a bachelor’s degree in special education from the University of Alabama and has been a teacher in Tennessee and Georgia and a missionary in Germany and Ukraine. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Huntsville, Alabama.

Please tell us three random things we might not know about you.

-- Cherries are my favorite fruit.

-- I grew up 50 miles from Harper Lee’s hometown of Monroeville, Alabama.

-- My father, who was born during the Depression, was named after famous author Zane Grey.

I've always loved that you write many of your novels as retellings of fairy tales. There's something that feels especially intimate about reading a story that reflects an old favorite in a different format. 

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of The Silent Songbird.

 photo SilentSongbirdFinal 002_zpsoohgmpxb.jpgIn this loose retelling of The Little Mermaid, Evangeline is desperate to flee a political marriage to her cousin King Richard II’s closest advisor, Lord Shiveley—a man twice her age with shadowy motives. She runs away and joins a small band of servants journeying back to Glynval, their home village.

Pretending to be mute, she gets to know Westley le Wyse, their handsome young leader, who is intrigued by the beautiful servant girl. But when the truth comes out, it may shatter any hope that love could grow between them.

More than Evangeline’s future is at stake as she finds herself entangled in a web of intrigue that threatens England’s monarchy. Should she give herself up to protect the only person who cares about her? If she does, who will save the king from a plot to steal his throne?

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

Evangeline is kind and fiercely loyal to her friends and those who have helped her. She is determined to learn how to defend herself in case she should be faced with future dangers.

If you were the casting director for the film version of your novel, who would play your lead roles?

 photo images_zps5rajs6bk.jpegEvangeline might be played by Emma Stone





 photo Unknown_zpsw2gog9kj.jpegor Rachel Hurd-Wood.





 photo Unknown-1_zpsreqmyvys.jpegThe hero, Westley le Wyse, might be played by a young Hugh Jackman. (Literally all of my heroes could and should be played by a young Hugh Jackman.)

I'm with you!

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

I have not read a lot of novels in the last few years, but I did re-read one of my favorites not too long ago, A Vision of Light by Judith Merkle Riley.

Margaret of Ashbury wants to write her life story. However, like most women in fourteenth-century England, she is illiterate. Three clerics contemptuously decline to be Margaret’s scribe, and only the threat of starvation persuades Brother Gregory, a Carthusian friar with a mysterious past, to take on the task. As she narrates her life, we discover a woman of startling resourcefulness. Married off at the age of fourteen to a merchant reputed to be the Devil himself, Margaret was left for dead during the Black Plague. 

Incredibly, she survived, was apprenticed to an herbalist, and became a midwife. But most astonishing of all, Margaret has experienced a Mystic Union—a Vision of Light that endows her with the miraculous gift of healing. Because of this ability, Margaret has become suddenly different—to her tradition-bound parents, to the bishop’s court that tries her for heresy, and ultimately to the man who falls in love with her.

What are you working on now?

I am editing The Noble Servant and plotting my third Regency romance, still untitled.

Where else can readers find you online?

Facebook and Twitter  And don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter on my website www.MelanieDickerson.com

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     CBD
026318: The Silent Songbird #7


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

What’s your favorite kind of story to read? What makes a book one of your favorites?

Thanks, Melanie, for telling us about your novel. Readers, Melanie has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, November 21. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Melanie's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. The drawing is done by email, so leave your email address, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com. 

Also, I'd love it if you'd connect with me on Facebook. Just click on my name at the right of today's post.

Annoying legal disclaimer: drawings void where prohibited; open only to U.S. residents; the odds of winning depend upon the number of participants. See full disclaimer, as well as my Disclosure of Material Connection HERE.

As you scroll to the bottom of this post to answer Melanie's question, check out the excellent new releases for November!

Biblical:

Slender Reeds: Jochebed's Hope by Texie Susan Gregory -- In a deadly race to save her son, a young slave woman dares defy the most powerful man in the world. (Biblical from Barbour Publishing)

Contemporary Romance:

Crazy Woman Christmas by Renee Blare -- A quiet cowboy whisks Bianca to his ranch to ride out the Christmas blizzard where she discovers life is cold but also beautiful in the “Cowboy” state. (Contemporary Romance from Inspired [Prism Book Group])

Other Than a Halo by Valerie Comer -- Even though she’s a new woman in Christ, single mom Bren Haddock was no angel as a teen. Now managing the Hiller Farm for a CSA, life is good until a friend offers to enter her daughter into the Little Miss Snowflake Pageant. Old insecurities flare when she meets the intriguing head of marketing the pageant. Rob Santoro isn’t so sure about handling the pageant portfolio until he meets Bren. Soon he’s fallen for her and her two kids. When a Thanksgiving adventure goes awry, he’s left wondering how to love a woman who refuses to be loved. What will it take for Bren to retire her tarnished halo and move into the future God has for her? (Contemporary Romance, Independently Published)

Do You Know What I Know? by Becky Melby -- What if a phone call from the obstetrician’s office went to the wrong person? Elizabeth Schmidt can’t figure out why her husband doesn’t seem excited about the news she’s sure he heard. Is he unhappy? Or is James cheating on her? Pastor Jay Davidson is in shock. Bethany Schmidt, the woman he’s in love with, is pregnant. Should he walk away, or is God asking him to play the part of Joseph in real life and not just in the church Christmas program? Bethany can’t figure out why Jay is acting so weird. Has he figured out one of the two secrets she’s keeping until after Christmas? Can a ponytailed itinerant carpenter with a pet chicken help unravel the confusion? (Contemporary Romance, Independently Published)

How to Charm a Beekeeper's Heart by Candice Sue Patterson -- Weddings are the last thing beekeeper Huck Anderson wants to be associated with, considering his past. So when he inherits a building occupied by a bridal boutique, he aims to evict the failing business and open a sporting goods store. That is until his tenant ends up being Arianne Winters, a woman he’s indebted to from a mistake made years ago. When a life-threatening injury derails Huck entirely, Arianne offers to aid in his lengthy recovery if he’ll allow her to remain in his building. But nursing her adversary proves challenging when her adolescent crush resurfaces. (Contemporary Romance from White Rose Publishing [Pelican])

A Portrait of Emily Price by Katherine Reay -- After a whirlwind romance and marriage, Emily Price returns home to Italy with her new husband and learns that life at its richest is only found when she accepts its chaotic beauty. (Contemporary Romance from HarperCollins Christian Publishing [Thomas Nelson and Zondervan])

Contemporary Women's Fiction:

Forgiveness by Marianne Evans -- Country music bad boy, Chase Bradington is on the comeback trail. Fresh from rehab for alcohol addiction and transformed by the power of Christ, Chase is battling to rediscover the music he loves and a career he nearly ruined. Then he meets up-and-comer, Pyper Brock and instantly sparks ignite. Despite her rampant attraction to the handsome and talented icon, Pyper knows of Chase’s reputation and soundly dismisses his romantic overtures. No way will Pyper repeat the mistake of trusting a man whose done battle with the bottle. Can a sin-damaged past be released in favor of forgiveness? (Women’s Fiction from Harbourlight Books [Pelican])

Historical:

Beneath a Golden Veil by Melanie Dobson -- As elegant as the Sacramento residence she operates, Isabelle Labrie keeps her past concealed, like the treasure she hides under the Golden Hotel. Then, unexpected guests—fugitive slaves seeking safe passage to the North—force her to confront her past and reconsider her path. (Historical from Waterfall Press)

Forest Child by Heather Day Gilbert -- Historically based on the Icelandic Sagas, Forest Child brings the memorable, conflicted persona of Freydis Eiriksdottir to life. (Historical from Elk Lake Publishing Inc.)

The Lost Generation by Erica Marie Hogan -- On August 5th 1914, the world changed forever. For John and Beth Young, it meant the happiness they finally achieved was snatched out from under them. For Emma Cote, it meant that her husband Jared would do his duty, despite her feelings. For Christy Simmons it meant an uncertain future with the boy she loved. The lives of six people, spread across the British Empire to America were changed forever. (Historical from Elk Lake Publishing Inc.)

Historical Romance:

The Blue Ribbon Brides Collection by Jennifer AlLee, Angela Breidenbach, Darlene Franklin, Cynthia Hickey, Carrie Fancett Pagels, Amber Stockton, Niki Turner, Gina Welborn, and Becca Whitham -- Meet nine men and women whose competitive goals take them to state and county fairs between 1889 and 1930. From baking pie to polishing pigs, from sculpting butter to stitching quilts, everyone has something to prove to themselves and their communities. But in going for the blue ribbon, will nine women miss the greatest prize of all—the devoted heart of a godly man? (Historical Romance from Barbour Publishing)

Left at the Altar by Margaret Brownley -- In the wild and untamed West, time is set by the local jeweler...but Two-Time Texas has two: two feuding jewelers and two wildly conflicting time zones. Meg Lockwood's marriage was supposed to unite the families and finally bring peace until she's left at the altar by her no-good fiancé. Hired to defend the groom against a breach of promise lawsuit, Grant Garrison quickly realizes that the only thing worse than small-town trouble is falling for the jilted bride. But there's something about Meg's sweet smile and determined grit that draws him in...even as the whole crazy town seems set on keeping them apart. (Historical Romance from Sourcebooks)

Mail Order Mommy by Christine Johnson -- Nursing a broken heart, Amanda Porter had answered a frontier mail-order bride ad placed by Garrett Decker's children—only to find the groom-to-be didn't want a wife. But his adorable children are determined she'll be their mother by Christmas… His wife's betrayal and tragic death demolished Garrett's life. Now he can't even look at another woman, let alone marry Amanda, who resembles his first love. But with his daughter convinced Amanda is the perfect mother, will Garrett realize she's also his perfect match? (Historical Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Hope's Design by Dawn Kinzer -- An independent city girl aspiring to be a fashion designer falls for a stubborn artist from the country who wants to keep his talent a secret. (Historical Romance, Independently Published)

Brides of Wyoming by S. Dionne Moore -- Roam the Wyoming range alongside three couples who meet under danger from bands of outlaws. Renee escapes a gang of outlaws and lands in the arms of a sheepherder. Olivia’s sleuthing upturns secrets key to solving the murder of a reluctant rancher’s father. Maira is trying to keep her ranch running alone when a drifting cowboy offers a hand. Can love develop where suspicion and greed roam the range? (Historical Romance from Barbour Publishing)

The Negotiated Marriage by Christina Rich -- When the railroad pushes to buy her land, orphaned Cameron Sims will do anything to keep the only home she and her sisters have ever known. Even if she must marry a stranger. Duncan Murray doesn’t want a wife. He wants Sims Creek, a sanctuary that can help him forget a troubled childhood. But his reluctant, and captivating, bride-to-be is key to making his dreams a reality. And despite their business arrangement, Camy and Duncan might be signing on the dotted line for true love… (Historical Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Love in the Seams by Jodie Wolfe -- A little girl on a quest for a new mama has the local seamstress in her sights. (Historical Romance, Independently Published)

Romantic Suspense:

His Perfect Love by Sharon K. Connell -- On the run from a hit man, Patricia Campbell is unaware of the FBI’s search for her to learn what information she might hold, so she continues to hide out. Then she meets a persistent computer technician, a charming philanthropist, and a handsome, wealthy businessman who wants to marry her. But her fears resurface, and she wonders if she can trust any of them. Can she survive long enough to find peace…and perfect love? (Romantic Suspense, Independently Published)

Counter Point by Marji Laine -- Her dad's gone, her diner's closing, and her car's in the lake. Cat McPherson has nothing left to lose ... except her life. And a madman, bent on revenge, is determined to take that, as well. Her former boyfriend, Ray Alexander, returns as a hero from his foreign mission, bringing back souvenirs in the form of death-threats. When several attempts are made on Cat’s life, she must find a way to trust Ray, the man who broke her heart. (Romantic Suspense from Write Integrity Press)

Speculative:

The Flaming Sword by Heather L.L. FitzGerald -- When evil joins forces in the Tethered World, Sadie Larcen must risk all to protect the Flaming Sword and her family...even if it takes her life. (Speculative Young Adult from Mountain Brook Ink)

Happy reading!

Monday, October 31, 2016

Jodie Bailey and Free Books!

 photo 9780373447688_zps6pbfpqit.jpgA former soldier teams up with the partner she thought was dead in order to expose a cybercriminal bent on terrorizing the US military.

Before we meet today's featured author, I want to announce that the winner of the free ecopy of The Captive Heart, by Michelle Griep, is:

nina4sm@...

Congratulations! I'll email you for your snail mail address, and 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 participate in future book give-aways! Subscribers are entered a second time when they comment.

And now let's meet novelist Jodie Bailey, author of the romantic suspense novel, Breach of Trust (Harlequin-Love Inspired Suspense, September 2016).

 photo 20140413Bailey 003_zps5juef7i9.jpgJodie Bailey writes novels about freedom and the heroes who fight for it. Her romantic suspense, Crossfire, won a 2015 RT Reviewers Choice Award and her contemporary romance, Quilted by Christmas won a 2014 Selah.

She is convinced a camping trip to the beach with her family, a good cup of coffee, and a great book can cure all ills. Jodie lives in North Carolina with her husband, her daughter, and two dogs.

Please tell us three random things we might not know about you.

--I know how to ride a motorcycle and once owned a Harley. Now, I’m content to be a passenger and let my husband do all of the paying attention to the road.

--I love banana sandwiches on white bread with mayonnaise. My husband thinks that’s weird. He’s from Michigan. He doesn’t understand.

--When I was 18, I started having panic attacks that kept me pretty much chained to my home for almost three months. On my 28th birthday, God completely freed me from fear.

Wow, that's a long time to be chained. What a blessing to have that release!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Breach of Trust.

 photo 9780373447688_zps6pbfpqit.jpgFormer soldier Meghan McGuire is about to step into her dream running a home for troubled foster children. But when the partner she thought was dead steps out of the shadows, her life takes a sudden turn into a past he can never uncover.

Tate Walker never thought he’d see Meghan again, and he certainly never thought she’d be the target of a hacker who is determined to undermine the U.S. military. Now, Tate has to protect Meghan from an enemy who can’t be seen while he searches for information she wants to keep hidden.

 As the seconds tick toward a hacker’s revenge, Tate and Meghan have to battle for their country… and for each other.

What is it about your lead characters that will make your readers care about them?

Tate and Meghan are both people with pasts they aren’t exactly proud of. Meghan’s is criminal. Tate’s is relational. Both have been wounded and are fighting to come back from that, to become whole individuals. They’ve tried to do it for themselves forever, and both have to come to the realization that only God can heal them. And only with each other are they whole.

If you were the casting director for the film version of your novel, who would play your lead roles?

The pictures in my head can never quite match up to anything I find in the real world, but after a whole lot of trying, I think Tate is a lot like a young Gerard Butler.







 photo Morena-Baccarin_612x380_0_zpsne4ep7rp.jpgAnd Morena Baccarin—when her hair was chin-length—would fit Meghan.



Let’s fantasize that your publisher is sending you to explore the setting of a new novel. Where are they sending you? Why that setting?

The novel I’m currently writing is set partially on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, on Hatteras Island. I’ve always wanted to set a book there. It’s my favorite place in the world. As much as I’ve been there, they’d have to send me back because I really do want to capture the feel of the place. To be sitting there when I write the scenes. I love it there. I want it to be perfect and not to get one detail wrong. In fact, I think they should send me to live there for a whole year so I can really get a feel for what it’s like to be an islander. Yep. Let’s do that.

I love Hatteras, too. There's just something different, compared to other east coast beaches.

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

I was way behind the times on this one, but I finally read Jim Rubart’s Rooms. I literally had to keep putting the book down to pray and hash some things out with God. I’m certain now that it took me so long to read it because God wanted me to read it when I did. It hit me right where I was. On a different note, I devoured the latest YA by Jenny B. Jones, I'll Be Yours. Wowza. I want to write like her when I grow up.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on the first book in a series about a Special Forces soldier and his sisters—a government researcher being hunted by a serial killer, and a humanitarian aid worker who finds herself at the center of a conspiracy—who are fighting to bring their father, who is in league with terrorists, to justice.

Where else can readers find you online?

I’m at www.jodiebailey.com. From there, you can find links to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest… all of them!


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     CBD
447681: Breach of Trust


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

The series I’m working on now—a lot of my books, actually—deal with fear and how we overcome it. So… what are you most afraid of? And how have you overcome one of your greatest fears?

Thanks, Jodie, for telling us about your novel. Readers, Jodie has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, November 14. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Jodie's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. The drawing is done by email, so leave your email address, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com. 

Also, I'd love it if you'd connect with me on Facebook. Just click on my name at the right of today's post.

Annoying legal disclaimer: drawings void where prohibited; open only to U.S. residents; the odds of winning depend upon the number of participants. See full disclaimer, as well as my Disclosure of Material Connection HERE.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Michelle Griep and Free Books!

 photo Captive Heart COVER JPEG copy_zpshu2xx0df.jpgA proper English governess flees London for the Colonies, but when her employer never arrives to make good on his promise, she must settle for an offer of marriage to a man she’s never met—one who is rumored to be a murderer.

Before we meet today's featured author, I want to announce that the winner of the free ecopy of The Broken Trail, by Christa MacDonald, is:

ahenderson312@...

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 participate in future book give-aways! Subscribers are entered a second time when they comment.

And now let's revisit with novelist Michelle Griep, author of the historical romantic suspense novel, The Captive Heart (Shiloh Run, October 2016).

 photo Michelle Griep Headshot_zpsbupoxzfh.jpgMichelle Griep’s been writing since she first discovered blank wall space and Crayolas. She seeks to glorify God in all that she writes—except for that graffiti phase she went through as a teenager.

She resides in the frozen tundra of Minnesota, where she teaches history and writing classes for a local high school co-op. An Anglophile at heart, she runs away to England every chance she gets, under the guise of research. Really, though, she’s eating excessive amounts of scones while rambling around a castle.

She is the author of The Captive Heart, Brentwood’s Ward, A Heart Deceived, Undercurrent and Gallimore, which are all historicals. But she did veer off the path to pen a cozy mystery, Out of the Frying Pan.

Please tell us three random things we might not know about you.

-- I hate fruit. No, really. Not even strawberries tempt me. It’s a texture thing.

-- Rollerblading is my exercise of choice.

-- Boxers (as in the canine variety, not Fruit of the Loom) are my favorite pets.

Now, why did I immediately picture underwear, not dogs,when you first said that? I appreciate the clarification.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of The Captive Heart.

On the run from a cruel British aristocratic employer, Eleanor Morgan escapes to America, the land of the free. But freedom is hard to come by as an indentured servant, and impossible when she’s forced into an even harsher contract—marriage to a man she’s never met.

Backwoodsman Samuel Heath doesn’t care what others think of him—but his young daughter’s upbringing matters very much. The life of a trapper in the Carolina backcountry is no life for a small girl, but neither is abandoning his child to another family. He decides it’s time to marry again, but that proves to be an impossible task. Who wants to wed a murderer?

Both Samuel and Eleanor are survivors, facing down the threat of war, betrayal, and divided loyalties that could cost them everything, but this time they must face their biggest challenge ever . . . Love.

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

Sometimes life isn’t fair. Other times it’s downright harsh. Everyone struggles with issues that are impossible to overcome. Drawing on God’s strength for courage, Eleanor faces her trials head on—and she’s got many. She fails frequently, especially when she tries to do things on her own, but for the sake of the little girl that’s in her care, she keeps trying.

If you were the casting director for the film version of your novel, who would play your lead roles?

 photo hell-on-wheels-cullen-bohannon_zpss01mlbbs.jpgAnson Mount is definitely my hero Samuel Heath.





 photo PremiereNewLineCinemaJackGiantSlayerP2hD9mfhJT-l_zpswxzgi8r5.jpgEleanor Tomlinson would make a great Eleanor Morgan.




Love her! Poldark is one of my favorite shows.

Let’s fantasize that your publisher is sending you to explore the setting of a new novel. Where are they sending you? Why that setting?

I’m going to Ironbridge in England. One word for the place: enchanted. Set on the ridges of the Severn Valley River Gorge, this little town is unbelievably picturesque and loaded with history, most notably the birthplace of the industrial revolution. I’m itching to write a story set there, and what intrigues me most is the little toll house at the end of the bridge.

Ah, you do tempt me. My Mom is British (war bride), and I have yet to get over there. You make it sound so beautiful.

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

The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn by Lori Benton. I’m always behind on my reading, so this isn’t a new release, but it is one sweet read. I love the history and I especially love the relationship between the main characters. Lori Benton pulls of tension between the hero and heroine like none other.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on the first book of a series of 3 entitled Once Upon a Dickens Christmas series. Set in merry ole Victorian England, each story revolves around a “second-chance coin.” Here’s a blurb:

On a stormy night 2,000 years ago, a baby was born and a coin was forged—both the bearers of a second chance. The God-man returned to heaven, but the coin yet roams the earth, passing from hand to hand, hope to hope.

And hope is a precious commodity for Benjamin Lane. Imprisoned unjustly, he wants nothing more than freedom and a second chance to claim the woman he loves—but how can Clara Chapman possibly believe in the man who stole her family’s fortune and abandoned her at the altar? Brought together under mysterious circumstances for the Twelve Days of Christmas, Clara and Ben discover that what they've been striving for isn't what ultimately matters . . . and what matters most is love.

Where else can readers find you online?

If you’d like to keep up with my escapades, find me at www.michellegriep.com or www.writerofftheleash.blogspot.com or stalk me on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.


The book can be purchased online via the following buttons:





     CBD
097833: The Captive Heart


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

Personally, my favorite era to read is Regency. Which period of history do you love most to read about?

Thanks, Michelle, for telling us about your novel. Readers, Michelle has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, October 31. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Michelle's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. The drawing is done by email, so leave your email address, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com. 

Also, I'd love it if you'd connect with me on Facebook. Just click on my name at the right of today's post.

Annoying legal disclaimer: drawings void where prohibited; open only to U.S. residents; the odds of winning depend upon the number of participants. See full disclaimer, as well as my Disclosure of Material Connection HERE.
 

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