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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, June 19, 2017

Toni Shiloh and Free Books!

Can Delaney Jones find love with army soldier Luke Robinson?

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Under a Summer Sky, by Melody Carlson, is:

ahenderson312@...

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 chat with novelist Toni Shiloh, author of the Christian contemporary romance, Finding Love (Celebrate Lit, June 2017).

Toni Shiloh is a wife, mom, and Christian fiction writer. Once she understood the powerful saving grace thanks to the love of Christ, she was moved to honor her Savior. She writes to bring Him glory and to learn more about His goodness.

She spends her days hanging out with her husband and their two boys. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and president of the Virginia Chapter.

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

I don’t like coffee and fill my mug with black tea, milk, and sugar.

You sound like a Brit, Toni! 

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Finding Love.

Delaney Jones has finally started to pick up the pieces of her shattered life after the death of her husband, Parker. Just as life enters a new normal, in walks Army soldier, Luke Robinson. Just when she makes the decision to trust him, life deals her a heavy blow.

 Sergeant First Class Luke Robinson can’t get over his part in the death of Delaney’s husband. In hopes to assuage his guilt, he offers to lend a hand. Only, he never counted on the feelings she evokes with just a smile. Will his secrets widen the gulf or will he finally find absolution?

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

Delaney Jones is a widow with two twin boys. As aggravating as she was in book one, Buying Love, you get to take a deeper look at her story and learn how the death of her husband changed her.

What kind of brainstorming do you do at the beginning of your novels?

Honestly, it depends on the book. With Finding Love, Delaney told me her deepest fear: falling in love with another military man. My brain took over from there.

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

The last book I read was Looking Glass Lies, by Varina Denman. It is such a poignant tale of a woman learning to love herself and her looks that I can’t help but recommend it. We all struggle with self-image, some more than others. This book will help you see yourself in a new light.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on a Christmas novella. I’m so excited to be writing. It seems like it’s been awhile, lol. Once a book is finished, you edit, market, interact with readers (probably my fave next to writing). So, I’m excited to be writing a new story again.

Where else can readers find you online?

Everywhere! Lol, I’ll be more specific.

Facebook
Pinterest
Google+
Instagram
Goodreads
Bookbub.

I also blog at Putting on the New, Heart”wings", Diversity Between the Pages and my own: tonishiloh.weebly.com/blog.


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

Have you ever had a traumatic experiencing that froze you and you swore to yourself, you wouldn’t put yourself in that position again? If so, did you or how did you overcome that fear?

Thanks, Toni, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your book. Readers, Toni has offered to give away an e-copy of her book next week. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Toni's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Remember that 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. 

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


Sunday, June 11, 2017

Melody Carlson and Free Books!

Nicole Anderson accepts a dream job managing an art gallery and quickly discovers the nightmares involved, but the promise of romance combined with the beauty of Savannah entice her to persevere.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of A Stolen Heart, by Amanda Cabot, is:

paulams49@...

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 chat with novelist Melody Carlson, author of the contemporary romance, Under a Summer Sky (Revell, June 2017). Tell us about yourself, Melody.

I’m probably one of the most prolific writers (more than 200 books published) but it wasn’t anything I set out to do—I simply enjoy writing and do it quickly. I’m mostly known for teen and women’s fiction and like to write realistic stories with hope.

I live with my husband of 39 years in Oregon and enjoy the ‘great outdoors.’ We have two grown sons and a thirteen year old granddaughter, and a yellow lab dog named Audrey.

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

I’m restoring a 1963 travel trailer—just for fun!

What fun! I hope travels are in your future, then.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Under a Summer Sky.

Nicole is an art teacher who feels ‘stuck’ in Seattle. When a family friend invites her to spend the summer managing a Savannah art gallery and house-sitting in a gorgeous home, Nicole bites. Her hope is to work in lovely place and earn some money, pursue her own art dreams, and to relax in luxury.

Unfortunately she soon discovers some obstacles to her carefree summer plans, including a resentful gallery employee who challenges Nicole’s every move, a pair of brothers suddenly vying for her attention, and a ‘squatter’ in her house.

But her attraction to this beautiful and historic old town, combined with the promise of a true romance keep Nicole from giving up.

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

In many ways Nicole is just an ‘ordinary girl.’ An art teacher and frustrated artist, Nicole has a big heart, but she’s recovering from a bad relationship and somewhat disillusioned with her life. She’s ripe for a fresh start in a new and interesting place . . . and ready for a truly good guy.

What kind of brainstorming do you do at the beginning of your novels?

I always start with a character—and then I give them a problem. After that I add a setting, and then I just leap into writing, discovering the story along the way.

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

I’ve read several novels lately that I can’t recommend, but last year I read Take Me With You by Catherine Ryan Hyde, and I’ve recommended that delightful read to lots of people. I absolutely loved this book!

What are you working on now?

I’m actually just beginning my annual Christmas novella (I think it’s about #16 and won’t be out until 2018). This year’s offering is called The Christmas Blessing.

Where else can readers find you online?

www.melodycarlson.com

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

Where do you usually find your books?

Thanks, Melody, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your book. Readers, Melody has offered to give away a signed copy of her book next week. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Melody's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Remember that 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. 

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, June 5, 2017

Amanda Cabot and Free Books!

After her plans for the future are shattered by the revelation that her fiancé has married another, a young woman finds both love and danger in the Texas Hill Country as she and the sheriff struggle to unravel the town’s secrets and unmask a murderer.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the free e-copy of Coming Home ~ A Tiny House Collection, featuring the novella, Love is Sweeter in Sugar Hill, by Ane Mulligan, is:

donvelma@...

Congratulations! I'll forward your email address to Ane, 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 Amanda Cabot, author of the historical romance, A Stolen Heart (Revell, March 2017).

Amanda Cabot is the bestselling author of more than thirty novels including the Texas Dreams trilogy, the Westward Winds series, the Texas Crossroad trilogy, and Christmas Roses.

A former director of Information Technology, she has written everything from technical books and articles for IT professionals to mysteries for teenagers and romances for all ages. Amanda is delighted to now be a fulltime writer of Christian romances, living happily ever after with her husband in Wyoming.

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

I enjoy sewing and make most of my own clothes as well as dressing dolls for the local women’s shelter.

How kind that you use your talent for the shelter.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of A Stolen Heart.

From afar, Cimarron Creek seems like an idyllic town tucked in the Texas Hill Country. But when former schoolteacher Lydia Crawford steps onto its dusty streets in 1880, she finds a town with a deep-seated resentment of Northerners—like her. Lydia won’t let that get her down, though. All will be well when she’s reunited with her fiancé. 

But when she discovers he has disappeared—and that he left behind a pregnant wife—Lydia is at a loss about what to do next.

The handsome sheriff urges her to trust him, but can she trust anyone in this town where secrets are as prevalent as bluebonnets in spring?

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

Lydia’s an ordinary woman caught in an extraordinary situation, and – like most women – she learns that she’s stronger than she realized.

What kind of brainstorming do you do at the beginning of your novels?

I start by choosing a setting – in this case the Texas Hill Country – then ask myself what kind of people would live there and what problems would they encounter.

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

I just finished Irene Hannon’s Sandpiper Cove and absolutely loved it. It’s a story that tugged on my heartstrings. The hero’s situation is almost heartbreaking, and even though I knew she’d give him a happy ending, I wasn’t sure how that would happen.

What are you working on now?

I’m currently writing the first draft (my least favorite part of the writing process) of A Tender Hope, the third of the Cimarron Creek books. Even though I don’t enjoy writing first drafts, I’m excited about this book, because this is where all the plot points are resolved and the last of Cimarron Creek’s secrets are revealed.

Where else can readers find you online?

www.amandacabot.com
Facebook
Twitter
amandajoycabot.blogspot.com

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

What is the most important thing you look for in an historical romance?

Thanks, Amanda, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your book.
Readers, Amanda has offered to give away a signed copy of her book next week. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Amanda's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Remember that 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. 

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, May 29, 2017

Ane Mulligan and Free Books!

She has a tiny house; he lives in a mansion. She vows to charge a doctor with malpractice; his job depends on that doctor's finances. Can two hearts see beyond the chasm that separates them?

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of The Pony Express Romance Collection, featuring the novella, Echoes of the Heart, by Donna Schlachter, is:

kmgervais@...

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 Ane Mulligan, author of the romance novella, Love is Sweeter in Sugar Hill, in Coming Home ~ A Tiny House Collection (Penwrights Publishing, May 2017).

While a large, floppy straw hat is her favorite, award-winning author Ane Mulligan has worn many different ones: hairdresser, legislative affairs director (that's a fancy name for a lobbyist), creative and managing director for a Community Theatre, playwright, humor columnist, and bestselling novelist.

She firmly believes coffee and chocolate are two of the four major food groups.

Ane resides in Sugar Hill, GA, with her artist husband and a wooly mammoth … uh, English mastiff.

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

I have an alarming fear of alarm systems; ever since the day I set one off accidentally … at City Hall.

Laughing here, Ane. I can absolutely see you in that situation. You're so much fun.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Love is Sweeter in Sugar Hill.

Nurse Lyndsey Beaumont has more important things on her mind than romance—like saving lives. With a staffing shortage and an egotistical doctor who continually puts patients at risk, she’s got no choice but to turn to the handsome hospital administrator … a man who only sees things in dollars and cents.

Carter Elliot is that man. He wants to save lives as much as Lyndsey, yet if he can’t keep the hospital budget under control, they’ll all be out of a job. But feisty nurse Lyndsey is determined to make him see more than numbers—and he does. He discovers she’s more than a thorn in his side.

When a doctor’s lack of oversight causes a patient to attack Lyndsey, Carter is faced with protecting the biggest donor to the hospital--or the woman he loves.

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

She's a strong patient advocate and badgers her employer for more staff to care for them properly.

What is something you’ve thanked God for this week?

I thank Him daily for the way He's gotten hold of my son's heart. He was saved at the age of 13, but a year later, slipped away. After 25 years of indifference to God, the Lord grabbed him in a way for which my heart glorifies Jesus. He is 100% sold out. He will tell you he isn't Christian but a disciple of the Lord Jesus. Everything he does is with Jesus in mind. He's become an example to his dad and me. So if anyone has a Prodigal, keep praying for Him. God is faithful!

I love that story, Ane! Don't we all pray that our children and grandchildren will know Him?

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

A Fragile Hope by Cynthia Ruchti. It's a story so many can take hope from. All her books are about finding hope, and she's one of my favorite authors.

Yes, Cynthia's prose often reads like poetry.

What are you working on now?

In High Cotton is set in 1929 at the onset of the Great Depression. It's an ensemble cast of strong women helping each other, and really not so different to my Chapel Springs series. But I love doing the research.

The blurb is:

Southern women may look as delicate as flowers, but there's iron in their veins.

While the rest of the world has been roaring through the 1920s, times are hardscrabble in rural Georgia. Widow Maggie Parker is barely surviving while raising her young son alone. Then as banks begin to fail, her father-in-law threatens to take her son and sell off her livelihood—the grocery store her husband left her. Can five Southern women band together, using their wisdom and wiles to stop him and survive the Great Depression?

Oh, I do love to read about strong women working together!

Where else can readers find you online?

I'm all over! Readers can find me on my website, Amazon Author page, Novel Rocket, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+.

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

First, I want to thank you for allowing me to share with your readers. You know you are one of my favorite authors and one of my early encouragers. Now, my question: Do your readers prefer series or stand alone books?

That's so touching, Ane. Thank you so much for saying that. And thank you for visiting and telling us about yourself and your book. 

Readers, Ane has offered to give away an e-copy of her novella collection next week. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Ane's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Remember that 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. 

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, May 22, 2017

Donna Schlachter and Free Books!

Can a woman running from her past and a man with no foreseeable future find love along the Pony Express trail?

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Fatal Mistake, by Susan Sleeman, is:

alekee02@...

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 Donna Schlachter, author of the historical romance, Echoes of the Heart (in The Pony Express Romance Collection from Barbour Publishing, April 2017).


Donna lives in Denver with husband Patrick, her first-line editor and biggest fan. She writes historical suspense under her own name, and contemporary suspense under her alter ego of Leeann Betts. She is a hybrid publisher who has published a number of books under her pen name and under her own name.

Her current release, Echoes of the Heart, a 9-in-1 novella collection titled Pony Express Romance Collection. Donna is also a ghostwriter and editor of fiction and non-fiction, and judges in a number of writing contests. She will be teaching an online course for American Christian Fiction Writers in June 2017, “Don’t let your subplots sink your story”.

Donna loves history and research, and travels extensively for both.

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

I once ice danced with a gold medalist figure skater.

How exciting! I'm sure many of us would be unable to ice dance with anyone, let alone a gold medalist.

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

Catherine answers an advertisement for a mail order bride on behalf of her best friend, who soon dies of TB. After the master of the house makes indecent advances to her, she assumes the identity of her friend and travels to Kansas.

Benjamin, the illiterate station master at the Hollenberg Station who was crippled by a horse and thinks no woman would want him, depends on his friend to place an advertisement for a cook-housekeeper, but his friend knows he needs more, so he places the ad for a wife for him. When Catherine arrives, it's obvious Benjamin doesn't want her.

Benjamin wants her, but doesn’t think she wants a cripple for a husband. Can they get over their pasts and weave a future together, or are they determined to run from love forever?

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

We all have a past, and Catherine—and we—need to realize that God is bigger than our past.

What is something you’ve thanked God for this week?

For a second bathroom being almost finished in my house.

Oh, yes. It's been many years since I've had to share a bathroom, so I really notice the difference when my circumstances are temporarily changed. That blessing is definitely worthy of thanksgiving.

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

Like a River from Its Course, by Kelly Stuart, weaves the stories of lives impacted by the second world war. It's told in a diary format, which makes it seem really intimate.

What are you working on now?

Two more novellas for Barbour that will come out early in 2018, and Book 6 in my Carly Turnquist cozy mystery series, Hidden Assets.

Where else can readers find you online?

www.HiStoryThruTheAges.wordpress.com
www.HiStoryThruTheAges.com
Facebook
Twitter
Books

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

What would be your ideal book and why?

Thanks, Donna, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your book. Readers, Donna has offered to give away a signed copy of her novel next week. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Donna's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Remember that 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. 

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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