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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, February 27, 2017

Laura Polk and Free Books!

 photo CrispyMom-FrontCover_zpskydsj0mn.jpg Just as she's about to crack from the pressures of motherhood, Delia Gray  discovers letters from her own mother revealing her advice, though she died of cancer when Delia was only ten years old.

Before we meet today's featured author, I want to announce that the winner of the free signed copy of The Amish Wanderer, by Laura Hilton, is:

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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 Laura Polk, author of the Southern Fiction novel, Confessions of a Crispy Mom (Lost Sock Publishing, release November 2016).

Laura Frances grew up in the south, residing in North Carolina for most of her life. While she is southern, she is no southern belle. She loves the genuine, authentic people who call the south home, and is constantly inspired by the stories of their lives.

She pulls much of her inspiration from her passion for families and especially the relationship between mothers and their children. She hopes to inspire moms of all kinds to live life to the fullest.

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

I’m addicted to crafts and I’ll try just about anything. This past Christmas I got two gifts that I loved. One was a wood burning kit. The other was a felting kit. I never knew stabbing something with a felting needle could be so therapeutic. It’s so fun!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Confessions of a Crispy Mom.

 photo CrispyMom-FrontCover_zpskydsj0mn.jpgA frazzled working mom of three, Delia Gray struggles to keep her career, family, and sanity in tack. During one particularly bad day, she lashes out at everyone around her, including her father who has stopped by to visit. When she goes to apologize to him, he gives her a stack of letters from her mother who died when Delia was ten... something her mother asked him to hold onto until he felt Delia needed it most in motherhood.

Delia's conflicted feelings towards her mother, and the cancer that stole her life leaves her uneasy about whether or not to read them. But, when she does, she discovers a woman she never knew who struggles with the same things in motherhood that Delia does.

Funny and poignant, Confessions of a Crispy Mom is a deeply encouraging novel that will have you asking yourself: How do I make my years as a mom count the most?

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

Delia is like every other mom you’ve ever met. She’s struggling to do her best, and often feeling like she’s missing the mark. Her journey to find her mothering style is both funny and endearing. Reading about her story is a lot like looking into your best friend’s life.

From what I’ve heard from readers so far, they feel like I’ve been hiding in their closets and taking notes. I take that as a complement that Delia’s that relatable.

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

 photo images_zpstoscljsr.jpegI actually just had a reader ask me this same question the other day! She and I both agreed that it would have to be Emma Stone. Hey—a girl can dream, right?

What fictional character would you like to meet, if that were possible?

I would love to meet Jacob Jankowski from Water for Elephants, by Sara Gruen, but the old man version of his character as he is looking back on his life. He just seems like an interesting man, and a little feisty. Who doesn’t love that in an elderly man? I think we’d have so much fun just sitting and talking about his time in the circus.

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

After You by JoJo Moyes. I loved the first book, Me Before You, and was so connected to the main character that I felt like I couldn’t move on without knowing what happened to her. I love books that connect me to the characters that way. She was so quirky, and weird. I’m not sure what it says about me that I related to her so much, lol. But, if you love novels that are character driven and connect you to them in a very personal way, you will love this book.

What are you working on now?

I’m getting ready to release my next book, Wide Planked Porches, so I’m working on finalizing that and prepping it for publication. I’m so excited to get another one out there and can’t wait to hear what readers think. That’s the best part of writing for me.

Short blurb: Wide planked porches, sweet tea, and southern charm—the perfect breeding ground for a family cover-up.

Where else can readers find you online?

Website: laurafrancesauthor.com
Facebook: Facebook

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

I’d love to know what book they’ve always wanted to write? I think we all have a book in us. And if there’s not one we’d want to write, there’s one we’d like to read. So, either one.

Thank you so much for having me! If it’s ok, I’d love to offer your readers a free download of the first chapter of the book. They can find it here and download it in any format they prefer:

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Thanks, Laura, for telling us about your novel. Readers, Laura has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, March 6. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Laura'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, February 20, 2017

Laura Hilton and Free Books!

 photo AmishWanderer_Cover_zpseqt6rxll.jpgBethany is so desperate to get out of town she’s willing to do almost anything.

Before we meet today's featured author, I want to announce that the winner of the free signed copy of Perilous Homecoming, by Sarah Varland, is:

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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 revisit novelist Laura Hilton, author of the contemporary Amish romance, The Amish Wanderer (Whitaker House, February 2017).

 photo Laura picture_zps9nxehaws.jpgLaura V. Hilton is an award-winning, sought-after author with almost twenty Amish, contemporary, and historical romances. When she’s not writing, she reviews books for her blogs, and writes devotionals for blog posts for Seriously Write and Putting on the New.

Laura and her pastor-husband have five children and a hyper dog named Skye and currently live in Arkansas. One son is in the U.S. Coast Guard. Laura is a pastor’s wife, and homeschools her two youngest children.

When she’s not writing, Laura enjoys reading, and visiting lighthouses and waterfalls. Her favorite season is winter, and her favorite holiday is Christmas.

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

I like iced coffee.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of The Amish Wanderer.

 photo AmishWanderer_Cover_zpseqt6rxll.jpgBethany Weiss has been fascinated by Silas Beiler since he spent a couple of years in Jamesport, Missouri, before he and his family moved to another Amish community. They hadn’t kept in touch, but she hasn’t forgotten the friendly young man who brought her lemonade and took her home once from a Singing years ago. When she finds a man sleeping in her family’s barn, like Jesus sleeping in the hay, she is stunned to recognize Silas. He’s left the Amish and is backpacking across the country. She talks him into staying, at least until after Christmas.

Silas’ family has never been happy living in one area for long, and their vagabond ways are wearing on him. He’s lived in Amish communities all over the nation, moving whenever his daed became disgruntled with the leaders, and he’s looking for some sense of stability. His intentions are to make it back to Pennsylvania and stay with his Englisch onkle and his family—and pursue an education. Will Bethany be the one to bring Silas in from the cold? Or will he continue on his way to his extended family and become Englisch?

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

They are real, with real pain and struggles.

What fictional character would you like to meet, if that were possible?

Anne of Green Gables. Or Marilla.

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

I just finished Fatal Frost by Nancy Mehl. Very edge of your seat suspense. I had to keep reading and it scared me so bad I couldn’t sleep. Seriously rare that happens.

What are you working on now?

An Amish novella called The Kissing Bridge.

Where else can readers find you online?

Author Amazon page
Visit my blogs: lighthouse-academy and lauravhilton.blogspot.com
twitter: @Laura_V_Hilton
Facebook
Pinterest


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

Valentine’s Day is over but how did you celebrate? How would you have to celebrate?

Thanks, Laura, for telling us about your novel. Readers, Laura has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, February 27. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Laura'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, February 6, 2017

Sarah Varland, February Releases, and Free Books!

 photo Perilous Homecoming Cover_zpsjvzzspws.jpgKelsey Jackson and her high school nemesis Sawyer Hamilton work together to find the modern day pirate who killed a museum curator and wants Kelsey dead.

Before we meet today's featured author, I want to announce that the winner of the free signed copy of my novel, Too Good to Be True, is:

mo1202007@...

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 Sarah Varland, author of the romantic suspense novel, Perilous Homecoming (Love Inspired Suspense, February 2017).

 photo author photo_zpsc2fcz9ml.jpgSarah Varland lives near the mountains in Alaska with her husband John, their two boys, and their dogs.

Her passion for books comes from her mom, her love for suspense comes from her dad who has spent a career in law enforcement. Her love for romance comes from the relationship she has with her husband and from watching too many chick flicks.

When she’s not writing, she’s often found, reading, baking, kayaking or hiking.

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

I love watching the Northern Lights. I’m part of a facebook group of people who watch the scientific data (and the skies themselves) and post when they’re out, and I go outside and check on some nights before I go to sleep. In the two years since I moved back to Alaska I’ve been blessed to see them many, many times. They’re incredible.

How wonderful! I'm sure many of us will never get a chance to see that. 

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Perilous Homecoming.

 photo Perilous Homecoming Cover_zpsjvzzspws.jpgKelsey Jackson returned to Treasure Point for her job as an antiques insurance agent. She didn’t expect to be investigating the murder of the Treasure Point History museum’s curator and she certainly didn’t expect to be trusting Sawyer Hamilton, her high school rival, to help her piece together the clues that will help them figure out who is behind the murder.

But when Kelsey’s life is threatened, the police are making little progress in their own investigation, and Sawyer offers to help, the two of them team up and find themselves deeper than they bargained for as they chase a modern day pirate whose love of treasure has made him a killer.

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

I think Kelsey is just such a relatable character. She’s trying to feel settled in her life, like she’s achieved something, and I think no matter our life stage that’s something we all go through.

What makes her even more interesting to me is that she has two passions—in her case antiques and law enforcement—and I had fun with the way she tries to figure out which is more true to who she really is and which one she really wants to pursue.

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

 photo images_zps74hecdam.jpegOh, what a fun question! It took me awhile to find a face for the hero in this book, but the heroine was pretty easy for me. I ended up deciding that Sawyer Hamilton, the hero, looks like the actor Chris Evans.




 photo Unknown_zps63prgu6g.jpegKelsey Jackson, the heroine, looks like Hilarie Burton.





What fictional character would you like to meet, if that were possible?

This one is hard to narrow down, I love too many books! Let’s go with a side character, oddly enough. I’d want to meet Cat, the heroine Juliet’s older sister in Hillary Manton Lodge’s three books in the Two Blue Doors series. She’s so fun, snarky, and she’s raising boys and since I have two small boys of my own who are crazy and keep me on my toes, I think she’d be amazing to hang out with.

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

I recently finished Rachel Hauck’s How to Catch a Prince. I loved it. The romance and the storyline is just so well done and flows in such a way that it’s entertaining as well as encouraging to read. I really love her books.

What are you working on now?

I’m currently working on ideas for a series of romantic suspense books set in Alaska. Those aren’t currently contracted, but I love the chraracters and absolutely love the setting, so here’s hoping!

Where else can readers find you online?

I’m most active on my Author Facebook page, but I also have a blog, espressoinalatteworld

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

Well, it was -19 a few weeks ago here in my part of Alaska, and while we are now gaining five minutes of daylight a day, it’s still fairly dark, so here’s my question. If you could go on vacation to anywhere warm and sunny where would it be?? (Bonus points if you can point me to a book that visits this locale so I can read it and pretend.)

Thanks, Sarah, for telling us about your novel. Readers, Sarah has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, February 20. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Sarah'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 today's post to answer Sarah's question, check out the novels releasing this month!


Biblical:

redeeming-graceRedeeming Grace by Jill Eileen Smith -- When famine visits Bethlehem, Boaz holds out hope for rain while his relative Elimelech moves his wife Naomi and their sons to Moab. For a while, it appears the Lord is blessing Elimelech's family, and his sons marry two lovely Moabite women. But calamities strike, one after another, leaving Naomi alone in a foreign land with only her childless daughters-in-law for comfort. When news reaches Naomi that the famine in Bethlehem has lifted, only Ruth will hazard the journey to her mother-in-law's homeland. Destitute and downhearted, Naomi resigns herself to a life of bitter poverty, but Ruth holds out hope for a better future. And Boaz may be the one God has chosen to provide it. (Biblical from Revell - A Division of Baker Publishing Group)


Biblical Romance:

building-benjaminBuilding Benjamin by Barbara M. Britton -- Naomi desires to dance well enough to catch the eye of a wealthy landowner. Her father needs a substantial bride price due to the deaths of her brothers at the hands of the tribe of Benjamin. But when Benjamites raid the Ephraimite feast and capture young girls, Naomi is bound and carried from her home by Eliab, a troubled shepherd who needs a wife. As Naomi awaits rescue, she finds Eliab has a strong faith in God and a just reason for abducting her. A reason that affects all the tribes of Israel. The future of the tribe of Benjamin hangs in the balance, but if Naomi follows her heart and stays with Eliab to rebuild his lineage, she must forfeit her family and become a traitor to her own tribe. (Biblical Romance from Harbourlight Books [Pelican])


Contemporary Romance:

grace-and-the-rancherGrace and the Rancher by Mary Alford -- Can a runaway singer and a makeshift rancher, thrust together by circumstance and held together by the common thread of loss and a love of music, find hope and a happily-ever-after under the stars of Delaney Mountain? (Contemporary Romance from White Rose Publishing [Pelican])

capturing-beauty Capturing Beauty by Brenda S. Anderson -- Photographer Haven Carlysle is a changed man. He returns to Duluth to capture the North Shore's beauty ... and to recapture the love of his son. But that means making amends with his ex-girlfriend too. Enter Callie Beaumont. All her life, Callie has longed to work outdoors soaking up God-breathed beauty, and the opportunity is finally on the horizon. But being the liaison between the handsome photographer and his son has thrown her dreams, and her heart, into chaos. Can Haven capture her heart when she won't let him capture her image? And will his poor choices cost Callie her dream job and him the love of his son? (Contemporary Romance, Independently Published)

the-lawman's -secret-sonThe Lawman's Secret Son by Lorraine Beatty -- Suddenly a Father Police officer Seth Montgomery knows all about order—but his world is thrown into chaos when he learns he has a five-year-old son. With little Jack suddenly in his care, Seth turns to neighbor Carrie Fletcher for help. Given her checkered past, Carrie prefers to keep to herself, but there's no denying she cares for the boy—and her feelings for charming Seth are rapidly developing, too. When someone from Carrie's past shows up threatening to jeopardize the life she's worked so hard to build, Carrie will have to fight for her future with the new family she's found...or risk losing everything. (Contemporary Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

maybe-it's-youMaybe It's You by Candace Calvert -- Micah Prescott's goal is to improve the Hope hospital image, but his role as a volunteer crisis responder is closer to his heart. The selfless work helps fill a void in his life left by family tragedy. So does a tentative new relationship with the compassionate, beautiful, and elusive ER nurse, Sloane Ferrell. Then a string of brutal crimes makes headlines, summons responders . . . and exposes disturbing details of Sloane's past. Can hope spring from crisis? (Contemporary Romance from Tyndale House)

a-second-chanceA Second Chance by Alexis Goring -- Newly single food critic and newspaper reporter Traci Hightower is done with dating. After the man of her dreams left her at the altar on their wedding day and ran off with her “best friend,” Traci resigned herself to being a bachelorette for life. Marc Roberts is a political reporter who is known as Mr. Nice Guy, the one who always finishes last. But his widowed sister Gina Braxton appreciates his compassion and kindness, since she's raising her two kids alone. With God's guidance and the help of Gina's matchmaking skills honed by her career as a bestselling romance novelist, Traci and Marc find hope for their broken hearts. (Contemporary Romance from Forget Me Not Romances)

the-amish-wandererThe Amish Wanderer by Laura V. Hilton -- After her daed, the bishop, is admitted to a mental hospital after hurting their small Amish community, Bethany Weiss is ready to get away from Jamesport, MO—and away from God. Silas Beiler, dogged by a rough childhood and a family who blames him for each new disaster, is hitchhiking toward Pennsylvania in hopes of stability. He sleeps in barns where he can and works for food when possible. When Bethany spies a man asleep in the hayloft, she first fears the return of an unwelcome suitor. But when it is Silas who turns and speaks, the memories flood back: a happy summer six years ago, full of lemonade, long walks, and budding courtship. Can their old love overcome both this new pain and the hurt and rejection of their past? (Contemporary Romance from Whitaker House)

avalancheAvalanche by Gayla K. Hiss -- Set in the North Cascades National Park of Washington State, Avalanche is the inspirational story of one man set on revenge and the woman who risks everything to help him find the fugitive who killed his partner. (Contemporary Romance from Mountain Brook Ink)

the-doctor's-texas-babyThe Doctor's Texas Baby by Deb Kastner -- When Carolina Mason shows up in Haven, Texas, after a three-year absence, no one is more surprised than town veterinarian Wyatt Harrow. Especially when he sees Carolina's two-year-old son, Matty. Their son. How could she have kept his child a secret? Carolina doesn't deny the boy is his. She thought she was doing what was best for everyone when she left, but she realizes she was wrong. Though Wyatt is eager to make up for lost time with Matty, Carolina's not so sure that extends to her. Can these former sweethearts navigate their complicated past to make a family for their son? (Contemporary Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

spring-raineSpring Raine by Delia Latham -- A last-minute decision sends a young woman to a seaside community and lodging at Paradise Pines...where life takes a whole new path. (Contemporary Romance from White Rose Publishing [Pelican])

finding-joyFinding Joy by Melanie D. Snitker -- A horrific accident changed everything for Parker Wilson. He returns to his family's ranch, the scars on his face a daily reminder of all he's lost, yet his mom still insists he needs to stop hiding and live his life again. The beautiful new employee she hires is the last thing he needs, and he'll do whatever it takes to make the girl quit and regain the peace and quiet he prefers. Only deep desperation could force Chelsea Blake to work on a cattle ranch. But if she's going to avoid her parents' judgment when they arrive in three weeks, she must turn the temporary job into a permanent one. Between dodging mud, feeding longhorn cattle, and dealing with a handsome boss who keeps giving her the cold shoulder, staying gainfully employed is proving to be a challenge. Chelsea may not be cut out for ranch life, but her determination to succeed is stronger than Parker's efforts at forcing her to leave. Surprisingly alike, will the two set aside their disapproval to find immeasurable joy? (Contemporary Romance, Independently Published)


General Fiction:

the-secret-heartThe Secret Heart by Marie Wells Coutu -- After a whirlwind romance, beautiful Shawna Moore marries Hunter Wilson, the governor of Tennessee. Now, she wonders if the governor ever loved her or only hoped to avoid a scandal. In this modern re-imagining of the biblical story of Bathsheba and King David, an investigative reporter is asking questions--the wedding took place only six weeks following the death of Shawna's first husband in Iraq. If he discovers the truth about Shawna's baby, Hunter's chances for reelection, as well as Shawna's reputation, will be ruined. But keeping their secret is destroying their marriage. Will Hunter's choice mean the end of his political career or his family? (General Fiction from Write Integrity Press)

home-at-lastHome at Last by Deborah Raney -- All her life, Shayla Michaels, owner of the Coffee's On bakery, has felt as if she straddled two worlds. Her mother's white family labeled her African American father with names Shayla didn't repeat in polite--well, in any company. Her father's family disapproved as well, though they eventually embraced Shayla as their own. After the death of her mother, and her brother Jerry's incarceration, life has left Shayla's father bitter, her niece, Portia, an orphan, and Shayla responsible for them all. She knows God loves them all, but why couldn't people accept each other for what was on the inside? For their hearts? Everything changes one icy morning when Portia runs into the street and Link Whitman nearly hits her with his pickup. Soon he is falling in love with Shayla. Can they overcome society's view of their differences and find true love? (General Fiction from Abingdon Press)

baggage-claimBaggage Claim by Cathe Swanson -- When Ben Taylor, widower and single dad, gets caught up in a dangerous insurance fraud network, he has to learn to take a stand for right - and make a leap of faith: can he trust his nanny - who isn't quite what she appears to be - and his newly-discovered biological father to hide and protect his four young children? (General Fiction, Independently Published)


Historical Romance:

the-matchmaker-brides-collectionThe Matchmaker Brides Collection by Diana Lesire Brandmeyer, Amanda Cabot, Lisa Carter, Ramona K. Cecil, Lynn A. Coleman, Susanne Dietze, Kim Vogel Sawyer, Connie Stevens and Liz Tolsma -- Meet nine women of the late 1800s who have found themselves in the role of matchmaker. They think they have mastered the art of recognizing romantic potential in others, but when it comes to their own lives they have been unlucky in love. In small communities from Tennessee to Colorado, Wyoming to Indiana, love unexpectedly enters the women's lives with men they never imagined marrying. But what will it take to get these ladies to say "I do"? (Historical Romance from Barbour Publishing)

the-reluctant-guardianThe Viscount's Proposal by Melanie Dickerson -- Leorah Langdon has no patience for Regency society's shallow hypocrisy and unnecessary rules, especially for women. She's determined to defy convention by marrying for grand passion instead of settling for a loveless union like her parents--or wedding a stuffy, pompous gentleman like Edward, the Viscount Withinghall. But when a chance meeting in the countryside leads to Leorah and Withinghall being discovered in his overturned carriage--alone and after dark--the ensuing gossip may force them together.Withinghall has his reasons for clinging to propriety and he certainly has no time for a reckless hoyden like Miss Langdon. But soon the two discover that Withinghall's coach "accident" was no such thing: the vehicle was sabotaged. Strong-willed Leorah and duty-driven Withinghall will have to work together if they have any hope of saving her reputation, his political career--and his life. (Historical Romance from Waterfall Press)

the-reluctant-guardianThe Reluctant Guardian by Susanne Dietze -- When Gemma Lyfeld inadvertently interrupts a dangerous smuggling operation in her English village, she's rescued by a mysterious Scottish spy. Now with criminals after her and her hopes for an expected marriage proposal recently dashed, she will make her society debut in London. But not without the man tasked with protecting her... Covert government agent Tavin Knox must keep Gemma safe from the criminals who think she can identify them—a mission he never wanted. But as he escorts her and her rascally nephews around London, the lovely English lass proves braver than he ever imagined. Suddenly, the spy who works alone has one Season to become the family man he never dreamed he'd be. (Historical Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

shine-like-the-dawnShine like the Dawn by Carrie Turansky -- In a quiet corner of northern Edwardian England, Margaret Lounsbury diligently works in her grandmother's millinery shop, making hats and caring for her young sister. Several years earlier, a terrible event reshaped their family, shattering an idyllic life and their future prospects. An even which...might not have been an accident. When Nathaniel Harcourt returns from his time in the Royal Navy and inherits his father's vast estate, Morningside Manor, he also assumes partial control of his father's engineering company and the duty of repaying an old debt to the Lounsbury family. But years of separation between Nate and Maggie have taken a toll and Maggie struggles to trust her old friend. Will the search for the truth about her parents' death draw the two friends closer or leave them both with broken hearts? (Historical Romance from Waterbrook Multnomah)

the-bounty-hunter's-babyThe Bounty Hunter's Baby by Erica Vetsch -- Bounty hunter Thomas Beaufort has no problem handling outlaws, but when he's left with a criminal's baby to care for, he's in over his head. And the only person he can think of to ask for help is Esther Jensen, the woman whose heart he broke when he left town. But can he convince her to put aside the past until he tracks down the baby's outlaw father? Esther is ready to run Thomas off her Texas ranch--until she spies the abandoned newborn in his arms. Soon, working together to care for the precious babe stirs old hopes of a family. With trouble heading to their door, they could overcome it together--if she'll entrust her wary heart to this sweet, second-chance family... (Historical Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])


Thriller/Suspense:

raging-stormRaging Storm by Vannetta Chapman -- When a massive solar flare wiped out all modern technology across the globe, the small town of Abney, Texas, was thrown into chaos. Shelby Sparks and her diabetic teenage son, Carter, have found refuge, but Shelby knows Carter can't survive without insulin--and Shelby will risk her life traveling to Austin to make sure he gets it. Shelby's best friend and high school sweetheart, Max Berkman, won't let her make the journey alone. Together, they reach the capital--only to discover that Austin has turned into an urban nightmare on the brink of anarchy. Now the only thing more uncertain than finding what they need is the hope of making it out of the city alive. (Thriller/Suspense from Harvest House Publishers)


Speculative:

long-time-goneTime Search by Danele J. Rotharmel -- While the TEMCO staff searches for clues to unravel the mystery of his real name, their enemy is lurking in the shadows searching for his targets--it's anyone's guess whose search will be completed first! (Speculative/Time Travel Fiction from Prism Book Group)


Western Romance:

long-time-goneLong Time Gone by Mary Connealy -- Rancher Justin Boden is normally an unshakable and rugged man, but with his brother, Cole, shot and in mortal danger, even a tough man faces doubts. And it doesn't help that Angie DuPree, the assistant to the doctor trying to save Cole, is as distracting a woman as Justin ever laid eyes on. With her and the doc's timely skills, Cole looks to be on the mend, and Justin and the rest of the Bodens can turn their attention back to the dangers facing them. It's clear now that everything that's occurred is part of a much bigger plot that could date back to a decades-old secret. Can they uncover all the pieces before danger closes in on them, or is the threat to the ranch even bigger than any of the Bodens could imagine? (Western Romance from Bethany House [Baker])

Happy reading!

Monday, January 30, 2017

Too Good to Be True and Free Books!

Today I'm republishing a brief post from a few years ago, featuring my novel, Too Good to Be True, a copy of which I'm giving away to a commenter next week.

When I interview an author, I usually ask who would play the lead roles in the movie version of her/his novel. Recently I shared the same information about one of my own books. I'm going to do that again, with Too Good to Be True.

Before I show you my characters, I'd like to announce that the winner of the signed copy of my novel, The Guy I'm Not Dating, is:

nina4sm@ . . .

Congratulations! I'll contact you today for your snail mail address, and we'll get your book to you right away.

I encourage readers to keep commenting and/or subscribe at right in order to participate in future book give-aways!

Here's how Too Good to Be True is described on Amazon:

Trish Perry, author of the charming novel, The Guy I’m Not Dating, follows up with a contemporary, humorous tale of how love and life unfold in surprising ways.

Rennie Young meets the gallant Truman Sayers after she faints in the boys’ department of the local super store. Despite this unromantic introduction, Tru Sayers, a handsome young labor–and–delivery nurse, seems like a gift from God. But a recent divorce and other life disappointments cause Ren to question whether she can trust her heart and God.

This clever novel encourages readers to lean on God’s leading and to be open to life after the hurt—even when it seems too good to be true.

Now let me show you my movie leads for Too Good to Be True.

This is similar to how I pictured Ren Young, the heroine. I've used a black and white photo, because Ren has dark hair, and this helps give that impression. This actor is Kate Winslet, by the way.



And this is how I pictured Tru Sayers, the hero of the story. The actor is Vincent Perez. Very romantic actor.



What do you think? If you've read Too Good to Be True, I'd love to hear if these two match what you pictured.

If you'd like to read the book, I sell signed copies via Amazon, but I'm going to give away a signed copy Monday, January 30. You have to answer my question below to be entered. Leave your email address like so, in case you win: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

My question? When have you managed to trust in God, maybe even despite hurt caused you by your fellow man or woman, and experienced a blessed outcome?

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.

Monday, January 23, 2017

The Guy I'm Not Dating and Free Books!

This could be the start of a "they lived happily ever after" love story, if only she hadn't sworn off dating. 

We've had a schedule change for today's interview, so I'm going to feature and give away a signed copy of one of my past novels, The Guy I'm Not Dating (Harvest House Publishers, 2006). But first, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Christmas Cookie Mystery, by Naomi Miller, is:

teamob4@...

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.

Here's the storyline in a nutshell:

Kara Richardson has finally suffered one breakup too many. She's decided to go the no-dating route to romance, although she's not quite sure how that works.

She couldn't have picked a worse time to meet Gabe Paolino. Gorgeous men hardly faze Kara. A personal trainer, she works with hunks every day. But Gabe, the handsome young deli owner in town, proves way too available and way too challenging for Kara's vow of friendship. How will she adhere to her new lifestyle without scaring Gabe away?

Enter matchmaking friends, a strange elderly aunt, three demanding teens, and one hard-to-take vixen with eyes for Gabe. Add an overcrowded road trip and plenty of God's blessings, and Kara may discover that the guy she's not dating is the best boyfriend she's ever had.

And since I usually ask my guests to give us an idea of who they would cast in the movie version of their novels, I'm reposting what I said a few years ago about the hero and heroine of The Guy:

This is Shelby Lynne, a country music singer. I haven't a clue whether or not the girl can act, but this particular picture of her was very much how I pictured Kara (although Kara was less serious looking than this).






And this guy? I have no idea who this person is in real life, but he's how I pictured Gabe. Tall, dark, not too pretty, not too rugged. Juuuuuuuuust right. Okay, maybe he looks a little bit pretty here, but picture him in a white T-shirt and jeans. That's Gabe.

If you'd like to be entered into the drawing for a signed copy of The Guy I'm Not Dating, leave your answer to the following question:

What do you think of the idea that some Christians decide to hold off on "just" dating, waiting until they know someone well enough that marriage is the plan right from Date #1?

I'll randomly draw a name and email address from the comments list and my subscriber list on Monday, January 30. 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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