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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, September 25, 2017

Ann Gabhart and Free Books!

Packed with history, bestselling author Ann H. Gabhart introduces readers to the fascinating and difficult life of frontier nursing in These Healing Hills.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the e-copy of Any Man of Mine, by Carolyne Aarsen, is:

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Congratulations! We'll get your book right out to you. I encourage readers to keep commenting and/or subscribe at right (above my list of books) in order to participate in future book give-aways! Subscribers are entered a second time when they comment.

And now let's chat with novelist Ann Gabhart, author of the historical These Healing Hills (Revell Books, September 2017).

Ann H. Gabhart has been called a storyteller, not a bad thing for someone who grew up dreaming of being a writer. She has penned many novels, including her popular Harmony Hill Shaker series as well as historical novels like Angel Sister, Small Town Girl, and Love Comes Home, a Selah Book of Year winner. She’s also known for her Heart of Hollyhill books and Hidden Springs Mysteries (as A.H. Gabhart.)

Ann, a lifelong Kentuckian, likes dropping her characters down into Kentucky historical events and settings. So it may be surprising that Ann’s thirty-third novel, These Healing Hills, is her first historical novel set in the Kentucky Appalachian Mountains.

She and her husband have three children and nine grandchildren and enjoy country life in Kentucky.

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

I’m a rabid University of Kentucky basketball fan even though I didn’t attend UK. My kids did become UK students, but I was a fan long before that. I remember listening to the games on my little transistor radio when I was maybe twelve or thirteen. I still bleed blue. It’s a Kentucky thing!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of These Healing Hills.

When the soldier Francine Howard planned to marry after WWII writes to tell her he’s in love with a woman in England, Francine is devastated and in need of a change. She seeks a fresh start in the Appalachian Mountains, training to be a nurse midwife for the Frontier Nursing Service.

In the mountains, Francine crosses paths with Ben Locke, a soldier still very much suffering from the horrors of war. With his future shrouded in as much mist as his beloved mountains, he’s at a loss when it comes to envisioning what’s next for his life.

While Francine and Ben are from completely different worlds and possess very different values, they both learn that things don’t always go according to plan. Will they be able to accept the healing power of love…and step forward toward tantalizing new possibilities?

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

Like many of us, Francine Howard feels awkward and unattractive at times, especially after her high school sweetheart breaks off their engagement because he’s fallen in love with a petite English beauty. But Francine has a can-do attitude and strong faith that help her find a new start with the Frontier Nursing Service. The Frontier Nurses share a saying that nobody comes there by accident and Fran begins to see the truth of that. I hope readers will enjoy sharing Fran’s adventures as she rides a horse up into the mountains to “catch babies” as a midwife nurse and discovers God’s plan for her life.

Aw, just her losing her fiancé to a smaller, prettier woman makes her endearing. 

Have you attended any writers’ conferences in the past? What are your thoughts about their merits for up-and-coming, or even established, writers?

I’ve been to a few writers’ conferences, usually as an attendee, but occasionally as a presenter. I had been writing for years and had already published many books before attending my first conference so it was a different sort of experience for me than for a new writer.

However, I do often advise those new writers, who approach me for help in writing or publishing, to take advantage of how writing conferences can open doors for them. When I began writing long before anyone even imagined the internet, it was much more difficult to connect with other writers and those in the publishing companies. But now writers can attend conferences and brainstorm with other writers while getting valuable contacts when meeting editors and agents. That’s a good thing not only for the up-and-coming writers, but for writers like me. Nobody knows it all and we can always learn something new to inspire us on our creative journeys.

So true. Social media has made it easier to be in touch with other writers, even if one can't make it to conferences.

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

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer. I enjoyed the history in this story and the unique way it was told–all through letters and telegrams. Some of the scenes are tragic with the World War II history and others brought smiles as the letters brought the people of Guernsey to life in my reader’s eye.

I loved that book! I recommend it as well.

What are you working on now?

Next up after These Healing Hills is another historical novel, River to Redemption. My initial idea for the story was a true event that occurred in the small Kentucky town of Springfield after the 1833 cholera epidemic. The citizens of the town collected money to buy a slave’s freedom in gratitude for him single-handedly digging the graves and burying the fifty plus victims of the disease after most of the able-bodied citizens fled the town to escape the disease, leaving the sick and dead behind. My book, which is completely fictional except for that initial true historical fact, is how I imagine that might have come about.

That sounds like a fascinating story, Ann. I would definitely read that book.

Where else can readers find you online?

Readers can find out about my books and me at my website, www.annhgabhart.com. They can find my blogs there, sign up for my newsletter and find the links to social media. I love it when readers join the conversation at my Facebook author page where I have weekly features like Friday smiles, Shaker Wednesdays and the popular Sunday morning coming down.

The book can be purchased online via the following button:



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

Have you ever had a disappointment in your plans that eventually led to something better for you? Have you noted God’s providential care in your life or your family’s?

Great question! Thank you, Ann, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your book. Readers, Ann has offered to give away a signed copy of her book. To enter, leave a comment and your email below in answer to Ann'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. Many commenters are left out of the drawing because they forget to include a way for me to notify them of their win (their email).

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.

Remember, if you'd like information on additional new releases, check out Christian Book Heaven, a new email newsletter for Christian book deals in whatever genres you select. You can subscribe here: ChristianBookHeaven

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Carolyne Aarsen and Free Books!

Danielle needs to get away from the guys in her life. Leaving town is her only option.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of The House Next Door, by Susan Page Davis, is:

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Congratulations! I'll e-mail 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 Carolyne Aarsen, author of the romantic/chick lit novel, Any Man of Mine (Misty Ridge Publishing, August 2017).

Carolyne Aarsen, originally a city girl, was transplanted to the country when she got married. While raising four children, foster children, and various animals, Carolyne managed to find time for daydreaming and writing.

Her first book sold in 1997 and since then has sold over fifty books to three different publishers. Just recently she has moved into self-publishing and is excited to start this new venture. Her stories show a love of open spaces, the fellowship of her Christian community.

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

I won first place in a Moose Calling contest. Valuable life skill for sure!

I would imagine that success did not take place while you were a city girl.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Any Man of Mine.

Danielle needs to get away from the ‘guys’ in her life, and fast. Growing up, her world was full of them. Between her brothers, her father, her boss, and the guy that broke her heart, she’s had enough. It’s time to get out of Holmes Crossing, and hopefully, build a new life with new people in the city, but that’s easier said than done.

Terrified that her grand adventure will send her into the arms of a suit-wearing, no nonsense, too-smart-for-his-own-good man, her brothers draft a plan to find her the kind of man they think she needs. The only problem is, Danielle has already met the one. She just doesn’t know it yet. But when she finds out that her idea of Mr. Perfect and her preconceived notions of who to stay clear of don’t exactly go hand in hand, her dream of a happily-ever-after might just surprise her.

That sounds like a lot of fun! 

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

Danielle is a girl who has grown up with three brothers who used to stuff her Barbie dolls into their rockets, who used to tease her. All this hides a deep love they have for her which manifests itself in trying to find the ‘perfect guy’ for her. While she loves them dearly she wants to get away from their ideas of what kind of guy they think she wants. She is looking for a man. Someone who likes classical music, who cares about her and, even more important, who isn’t a cowboy.

Have you attended any writers’ conferences in the past? What are your thoughts about their merits for up-and-coming, or even established, writers?

I’ve been to a number though I haven’t gone for a few years. I think writer’s conferences are an invaluable place for beginning and established writers to connect with other writers, to meet editors and agents face to face. There is always something to learn and be challenged by.

I completely agree. I haven't been able to attend one for the last few years, either. I miss the one-on-one camaraderie. 

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

Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger. To me it’s an absolute gem of a book that is so well-written it makes me want to quit writing! It’s a loving treatment of one family’s tragedy shown through the eyes of a young boy trying to make sense of his life and of God.

What are you working on now?

I’m redoing a couple of older books that I got the rights back to, weaving them more closely into a series called Sweethearts of Sweet Creek. This is a self-publishing venture and I hope to put the first book, Homecoming, out in September or October.

Where else can readers find you online?

I am on Facebook.

If your readers want to find out about new releases, they can also follow me on Bookbub.

I also have a website – www.carolyneaarsen.com. If people stop by, they can get a free book by signing up for my newsletter.

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

What kind of hero draws you into a story the most?

Thanks for this opportunity, Trish. Blessings to you and your readers.


Thank you, Carolyne, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your book. Readers, Carolyne has offered to give away a free e-copy of her book. To enter, leave a comment and your email below in answer to Carolyne'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. Many commenters are left out of the drawing because they forget to include a way for me to notify them of their win (their email).

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.

Remember, if you'd like information on additional new releases, check out Christian Book Heaven, a new email newsletter for Christian book deals in whatever genres you select. You can subscribe here: ChristianBookHeaven

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, September 11, 2017

Susan Page Davis and Free Books!

As his wife Jennifer’s due date approaches, Detective Harvey Larson decides to invest in real estate, unaware of the terror this will cause his family. 

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the e-copy of Engaged: Surrendering the Future, by Julie Arduini, is:

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Congratulations! We'll e-mail 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 Susan Page Davis, author of the romantic suspense/mystery, The House Next Door (Tea Tin Press, September 2017).

Susan Page Davis is the author of more than 70 published novels and novellas. She writes in both the historical romance genre and contemporary mysteries and suspense.

She’s won the Carol Award, two Will Rogers Medallions, two Inspirational Readers’ Choice Awards, and was a finalist in the WILLA Literary Awards.

A Maine native, Susan now lives in Kentucky with her husband, Jim. They have six children and ten grandchildren, and two cats that don’t get along.

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

The closest I will probably ever get to a Pulitzer Prize is that many years ago, when I was a waitress, I once served Bob Dylan a cup of hot tea with lemon.

I don't think I would have remembered he had won the Pulitzer if you hadn't mentioned that! And I can guarantee that you have been closer to the Pulitzer than I have.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of The House Next Door.

The charming stone house next door is for sale! How could there be a down side to that? As his wife Jennifer’s due date approaches, Captain Harvey Larson decides to invest in real estate, unaware of the terror this will cause his family.

The neighboring house seems ideal for Jennifer’s brother Jeff and his wife. A hidden cupboard isn’t so bad—in fact, it’s almost fun to try to solve the little mystery inside it. But the unexpected bonus some workmen find is an entirely different matter. Will any of Harvey and Jennifer’s loved ones want to live next door after they learn what’s in the basement?

 At last Jennifer’s baby arrives, and Harvey takes a little time off as his squad keeps plugging away on the murder case. The men of the Priority Unit might be wasting their time, trying to prove one dead man killed another. Or is the murderer still alive and ready to strike again?

Yikes.

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

Jennifer’s life as a detective’s wife is anything but tranquil. She’s got cops planning strategy over her kitchen table, armed intruders in the neighborhood, and sisters whose romantic turmoil pulls in the whole family. But she wouldn’t have it any other way.

Have you attended any writers’ conferences in the past? What are your thoughts about their merits for up-and-coming, or even established, writers?

I just returned from Killer Nashville, for crime writers. I’ve attended the American Christian Fiction Writers’ conference several times. I think conferences are great places for writers to network and to hone their writing skills and knowledge of their genre. At Killer Nashville, I sat in on sessions by accomplished writers and law enforcement officers. I made some great new friends and learned some practical things I’ll use every day.

You make me want to attend a conference right now! I haven't been to one in several years, and I'm sorry I'll miss ACFW again this year. Thanks for your feedback!

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

Lynnette Eason’s Always Watching was an enjoyable read. It’s in the romantic suspense genre, and Eason knows how to keep things tense.

What are you working on now?

I’m finishing up a cozy mystery that will be the 25th and final book in the Tearoom Mysteries series from Guideposts. Several of us authors collaborated on this series, and I personally wrote five of the books.

I’m also getting book 6 in the Maine Justice series ready for a December 1 launch. In that book, The Labor Day Challenge, Harvey and his squad compete against another city’s detectives in a crime-solving challenge, only the dummy in their staged “crime scene” turns out to be a real body.

Where else can readers find you online?

www.susanpagedavis.com
Twitter: @SusanPageDavis
Facebook
Newsletter




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

After we moved to Kentucky, I stepped on something in the shag carpet and pulled out a small item made of lead. At first I thought I’d found a bullet, but quickly realized it was a fishing sinker. Like Harvey and Jennifer, did you ever find something that a previous resident left behind in your house?

What a fun question!

Thanks, Susan, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your book. Readers, Susan has offered to give away a signed copy of her book. To enter, leave a comment and your email below in answer to Susan'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. Many commenters are left out of the drawing because they forget to include a way for me to notify them of their win (their email).

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.

Remember, if you'd like information on additional new releases, check out Christian Book Heaven, a new email newsletter for Christian book deals in whatever genres you select. You can subscribe here: ChristianBookHeaven

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, September 4, 2017

Julie Arduini and Free Books!

Trish Maxwell returns to Speculator Falls with egg on her face and a lot of apologies to make until paramedic Wayne Peterson comes to her rescue.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the e-copy of What We Don't Know, by Sharon Souza, is:

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Congratulations! We'll e-mail 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 Julie Arduini, author of the contemporary romance, Engaged: Surrendering the Future (Surrendered Scribe Media, May, 2017).

Julie Arduini loves to encourage readers to surrender the good, the bad, and ---maybe one day---the chocolate. She’s the author of Entrusted: Surrendering the Present, as well as Entangled: Surrendering the Past. The last book in the series, Engaged: Surrendering the Future, is available now. Finding Freedom Through Surrender is her 30 Day devotional for the Surrendering Time series.

She also shares her story in the infertility devotional, A Walk in the Valley. She blogs every other Wednesday for Christians Read, and also is a blogger for Inspy Romance.

She resides in Ohio with her husband and two children.

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

I can’t watch animal movies because I get too emotional and sob so hard I get a headache!

That seems to be happening to me too, especially as I get older!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Surrendering the Future.

Trish Maxwell returns to Speculator Falls with no job, no plan, and a lot of people in her hometown upset with her. She left without saying goodbye to take a job in New York City, and her neighbors haven’t forgotten. She gets a job at the department store and meets paramedic Wayne Peterson. They build a friendship and he doesn’t judge her. Just when she thinks a career plan is coming together, another opportunity comes along that could change everything, including her future with Wayne.

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

When Trish was featured in Entrusted, she was not a nice girl. In Engaged, she’s been humbled and really trying to change. Her story is about surrendering failed dreams for God’s plans, and I think everyone can relate to that. Trish has a great heart, and it was fun to showcase her as a redeemed character.

Have you attended any writers’ conferences in the past? What are your thoughts about their merits for up-and-coming, or even established, writers?

I haven’t recently, I confess that I am an introvert’s introvert and find myself drained fairly easy in those settings. However, the information and connections are valuable, and I highly recommend writers pursue them if they are able.

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

Healing Love by Jennifer Slattery. I loved it because it was not a typical missions trip story. There was a great backstory to the sisters and particularly the heroine’s personality. I thought it played well with conflict, career choices, romance, and family.

I featured Jennifer and her book in July! What are you working on now?

This summer I’m working with our teenaged daughter on a tween series about surrendering lies girls believe. She has Albrights Hereditary Osteodystrophy and has seen how people treat others and how unkind words can manifest.

This fall I start the Surrendering Opinions contemporary romance series. It’s about sextuplets thrust into the national spotlight with their unique births, but stay in the spotlight because of tragic circumstances. Now young adults, they are each trying to find their own identity and love like their parents had. There is a prologue included in the end of Engaged.

Where else can readers find you online?

I am very active on social media, including Snapchat, all found @JulieArduini. I’d love for readers to follow me on Amazon and Goodreads. I also have a contact page at juliearduini.com, where I invite readers to subscribe to my monthly newsletter full of resources and giveaway opportunities.

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

Are you interested in a free eBook? (If so, Entrusted is a free eBook at juliearduini.com.)

Thanks, Julie, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your book. Readers, Julie has offered to give away an e-copy of her book. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Julie'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. Many commenters are left out of the drawing because they forget to include a way for me to notify them of their win (their email).

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.

Here's a little something--a link--I'm going to incorporate into my weekly posts. You know how I love to feature inspirational authors and their new releases here. If you're coming to my blog, you're probably like me, always on the lookout for a good read (and the occasional special sale price). Besides the authors and books I feature here, I would also like to introduce you to Christian Book Heaven, a new email newsletter for Christian book deals in whatever genres you select. You can subscribe here: ChristianBookHeaven

I'd love to hear what you think of this fun new resource for Christian readers. As always, happy reading!

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Monday, August 28, 2017

Sharon Souza and Free Books!

Isabella Nichols wants to know what caused her sister to drive herself and her husband off a cliff into the Truckee River. Her eleven-year-old niece Bronte may know the answer, but she hasn’t spoken since the accident seven years ago.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the e-copy of The Lost Generation: A Novel of World War I, by Erica Hogan, is:

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Congratulations! We'll e-mail 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 Sharon Souza, author of the contemporary women's fiction novel, What We Don’t Know (Independently Published, May 2017).

Sharon K. Souza is a freelance author whose passion is writing inspirational novels for and about women. Her novels address difficult subjects women often face, head on, including infertility, infidelity, extreme loss, but always include a healthy dose of humor. Her stories are rich with relationship: best friends, sisters, and the deeply complex relationship between mothers and daughters.

Sharon was the recipient of the 2009 Author of the Year Award from Mount Hermon Christian Writer’s Conference. Her debut novel, Every Good & Perfect Gift, received recognition from Publisher’s Weekly:

“In her moving debut novel ... Souza laudably refuses to succumb to a pat ending that neatly ties up all the loose ends. Souza’s poignant story shows promise and should earn her some fans among inspirational fiction readers.” 

It was also a finalist in the American Christian Fiction Writers Book of the Year for Debut Author and Women’s Fiction. Her novel, Lying on Sunday, ranked third place in the 2009 RWA Inspirational Reader’s Choice Contest for Women’s Fiction category.

Sharon speaks to women’s groups, and loves to interact with book clubs, locally and via Skype.

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

I’d rather fish than just about anything. But I don’t bait my own hooks. When guys tease my husband for doing it for me, I just say: He doesn’t iron his own shirts; I don’t bait my own hooks. That seems to quiet them.

You tell 'em. There might even be a place in the Bible that spells that out. Maybe.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of What We Don't Know.

Selective Mutism. That’s the diagnosis for eleven-year-old Brontë McCabe, who hasn’t spoken a word in seven years. And who could blame her, after witnessing her parents’ deadly plunge into the Truckee River near Lake Tahoe?

Isabella Nichols, Bronte’s guardian and self-proclaimed defender, will do anything to protect her niece. So when Brontë’s uncle—her dad’s twin brother—suddenly shows up and threatens to fight for custody, sparks fly. Especially considering their history.

Isabella’s mother wants to help. Even though she may be right—about a lot of things—Belle doesn’t want her help. Especially considering their history.

Those aren’t the only sparks flying, thanks to Ty Cole, who’d like to be more than Isabella’s friend. Way more. Why does she keep pushing him away? Why does she push everyone away?

What does Brontë really remember about that night? And does Isabella Nichols really want to know?

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

Isabella Nichols is a passionate young woman, especially in her care for her niece, Bronte. Belle’s mother thinks she’s over-protective and thinks Bronte should be in counseling to help her regain speech. But Belle and Bronte communicate just fine. Belle believes Bronte will speak when she’s ready.

Belle isn’t a people-person and only allows a few to get close, like her best friend CJ and her neighbor Verlie, who’s like a grandmother to Bronte. She has a strained relationship with her mother, and misses her sister every day. In spite of how reserved Isabella may be to people outside her very small circle, you can’t help but admire her fierce devotion to Bronte.

Sometimes a writer’s imagination can be triggered with word mapping. If I give you the word “danger,” what three words first come to you, and how would you word a sentence (or two) using all four words?

Fear, protect, defeat.

Stepping into the darkness, I felt the danger all around me and feared the worst. I had to protect my child; I had to defeat this threat once and for all.

I like how the protective aspect carried over from your novel.

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

One of my all-time favorite novels is Blue Hole Back Home by Joy Jordan-Lake. It’s one of the few books I’ve read more than once. This story deals with prejudice in an unexpected way, with an unexpected target, and to me it ranks with To Kill a Mockingbird. Joy’s character and story development are outstanding. This is a book I can’t recommend highly enough.

High praise, that comparison!

What are you working on now?

I’m working on my first series ever. It’s my “I Don’t Do …” series. I Don’t Do Blood is the first in the series of five. It’s a light-hearted story of a young woman who works as a courier for a medical lab, picking up blood samples and biopsy items, such as tumors and even a uterus. She wants eventually to be a Lab Technologist, studying those very things she now collects as a courier, but has a deep aversion to blood—and for good reason.

I love the intrigue in that last phrase.

Where else can readers find you online?

My website is www.sharonksouza.com and my FB page is facebook.com/sharonksouza

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

What, if anything, makes you want to read a book more than once?

Thanks, Sharon, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your book. Readers, Sharon has offered to give away an e-copy of her book. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Sharon'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. Many commenters are left out of the drawing because they forget to include a way for me to notify them of their win (their email).

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, August 21, 2017

Erica Hogan and Free Books!

Three couples, from across the British Empire to America, are tested in faith, hope, and love by the tragedy and horror of World War I.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the e-copy of Right Where We Belong, by Deborah Raney (and her co-authors, Melissa Tagg and Courtney Walsh), is:

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Congratulations! We'll e-mail 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 Erica Hogan, author of the Historical Romance, The Lost Generation: A Novel of World War I (Elk Lake Publishing, November 2016).

Erica was born and raised for nine years on Orient Point, Long Island, New York. After that she moved with her family to Virginia and, finally, to Texas where she now lives. She was homeschooled, is an avid reader, and a member of American Christian Fiction Writers.

She lives to plot new stories, enjoys a good tear-jerker, and chocolate is her cure for any ailment. Once a month Erica publishes a post on her blog, By the Book: Diary of a Bookaholic, where she shares her experiences with writing and, occasionally, a book review. She is represented by Jim Hart of Hartline Literary Agency.

Erica’s wish is to continue to write stories that not only drop her readers into the middle of historical time periods, but also to show the ability to rise up out of adversity and tragedy in hope, faith, love, and strength. When it comes to genre, she has no limits.

The Lost Generation is Erica’s debut novel. It was long listed in the 2017 INSPY Awards and nominated for the Christian Retailing’s Best Awards. You can learn more about her on her blog or Facebook page.

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

When I was growing up, I took violin lessons for several years. While playing has faded out of my life, I still love the violin and will occasionally play (out of earshot of others, since I’m really out of practice!) :)

Wow, that seems like one of the more difficult instruments to learn!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of The Lost Generation.

The Lost Generation focuses on three couples from three different countries.
Emma and Jared, a Canadian couple, John and Beth, a British couple, and Christy and Will, an American couple.

When war is declared in Britain and Canada, Jared and John rush right into the fray and, somehow, end up together, forming a bond that will last the next four years.

In America, Christy and Will watch and wait for what they know is about to come.

When the war finally reaches America, Will joins the fight and Christy, desperate to be closer to him, travels from New York to London.

But when all three men go missing, it pushes Emma and Christy to join the nurses and doctors on the frontlines, in hopes of finding their lost loves. This brings them together in a way neither of them expected and, throughout the war, they learn even more about faith, hope, friendship, and love.

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

Well, throughout the writing of the novel, I never felt there was ever a lead character. If I had to choose one, I suppose it would have to be Emma. Among all of them, Emma was always my favorite. She was so strong, but had the same fears as everyone else. The war made her a stronger, harder person and her faith is tested from the moment Jared is called to war. We get a true glimpse into her heart as she struggles with God and with doing what she must on the bloody battlefields of France.

Sometimes a writer’s imagination can be triggered with word mapping. If I give you the word “danger,” what three words first come to you, and how would you word a sentence (or two) using all four words?

Three words that first come to me: Darkness, Storm, Battle. Now, a sentence with all four words …

“The clouds overhead warned of a storm, covering the field of battle in darkness and whispering danger on the wind.”

I love that!

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

Julie Lessman’s Isle of Hope. It is the first book in her contemporary trilogy and I absolutely loved it! A story of unfailing love, forgiveness, and hope, it teaches us about facing the past and coming home. It truly touched my heart (as all of Julie’s books usually do).

What are you working on now?

I’m working on a few writing projects right now. As well as slowly finishing the second book in my fantasy series (book one is releasing in a couple of months!!), I’ve started work on a contemporary novel which will be the first of three. I’m very excited about it!

Where else can readers find you online?

You can connect with me on Facebook
Twitter
Goodreads
And, of course, my blog: booksaholic.wordpress.com

You can also follow me on Amazon and receive any new info on my books! :)

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

As a person who loves to read, as well as write, I always looks for something a little different from the books I choose. I want something deeper and realistic. So, I suppose my question would be what do you look for in a book? What would you expect to see from an author like me, who doesn’t limit herself to one genre?

Thanks, Erica, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your book. Readers, Erica has offered to give away an e-copy of her book. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Erica'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. Many commenters are left out of the drawing because they forget to include a way for me to notify them of their win (their email).

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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Monday, August 14, 2017

Deborah Raney and Free Books!

Whether in a quaint home bakery in Langhorne, Missouri, a cozy boho coffee shop in Maple Valley, Iowa, or a charming lakeside cottage in Sweethaven, Michigan, love grows best in small towns just like this!

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the e-copy of my novel, The Guy I'm Not Dating, is:

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Congratulations! I'll e-mail 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 Deborah Raney, co-author of the women's fiction novella collection, Right Where We Belong (Amazon Digital, April 2017).


Deborah Raney's first novel, A Vow to Cherish, inspired the World Wide Pictures film of the same title and launched her writing career after 20 happy years as a stay-at-home mom. Since then, her books have won numerous awards including the RITA®, National Readers Choice Award, HOLT Medallion, the Carol Award, and have three times been Christy Award finalists. Deb's novel, Home at Last, the final book in The Chicory Inn Novels series for Abingdon Press, released in February.

She enjoys teaching at writers' conferences across the country. She and her husband, Ken Raney, traded small-town life in Kansas––the setting of many of Deb's novels––for life in the friendly city of Wichita where they enjoy gardening, antiquing, movies, and traveling to visit four children and a growing brood of grandchildren who all live much too far away.

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

Many people know that I have four children, but they may not know that those kids are walking miracles, since I was told as a teen by several doctors that I would never be able to conceive. Our kids are spread out over three decades: Our oldest son was born in the 70s, our middle two in the 80s, and our baby was born in 1990.  😋

I definitely didn't know that, Deb! Wow, miracles, indeed.

Please tell us a bit more about the plots of the novellas in the collection.

In Deborah Raney’s A Langhorne Romance: Lily O'Neal's thriving at-home bakery means working alone in her state-of-the-art kitchen, so how's she ever supposed to meet the man of her dreams? But when delivery truck driver, Gage Simmons, shows up at her door—crooked grin and all—she can't help making sure he has a reason to return...even if it means ordering her supplies one at a time.

In Melissa Tagg’s A Maple Valley Romance: After years of mistakes and regret, coffee shop owner Megan Harrow has finally built a new life for herself and her daughter in quirky, but charming Maple Valley. But she’s not ready for the sparks that fly when she meets local nonprofit owner Eric Hampton ... or for the sudden reappearance of an unwelcome face from her past.

In Courtney Walsh's A Sweethaven Romance: Eleanor Waverly is practically Sweethaven royalty, but her comfortable, cushy world is turned upside-down when she discovers an old map hidden in the bottom of a 125-year-old time capsule. Her only hope of uncovering the truth lies with local firefighter (and Waverly rival) Jason Holloway, and with his piercing eyes and troubled past, it's clear from the start it's not only her way of life that's on the line, it's her heart.



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

Lily is somewhat lonely (since her parents have gone off to be missionaries, leaving her to run the in-home bakery business she and her mother started) and wondering how she’ll ever meet someone special when she works from home.

You know, I think there are so many people today who struggle with that social dilemma. I'm so glad I'm not on the dating scene!

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

I recently finished reading Christina Suzann Nelson’s If We Make It Home for endorsement. I thoroughly enjoyed it and especially liked the fact that the novel asked hard questions about what would you do in the characters’ shoes? To me the perfect combination in a novel is entertainment and enlightenment and this book has both.

What are you working on now?

Recently I’ve been able to get the rights back to many of my older novels, and Ken and I are having a blast working together to get them back in print through our Raney Day Press. Ken is a talented graphic designer and illustrator and he’s created some gorgeous new covers to update my books. In the midst of that task, I’m also finishing a novel I started a few years ago and never completed. Set in small-town Winterset, Iowa, home of the beautiful bridges of Madison County, it’s the story of two disillusioned people who begin to find joy and hope as God intertwines the events of their lives.

I think the emergence of independent publishing has enabled a lot of Inspirational authors to produce fiction that might not fit within the traditional parameters. It's an exciting time for writers and readers.

Where else can readers find you online?

www.deborahraney.com
Facebook
DRreadergroup
Instagram
Pinterest
Twitter
Amazon Author Page
DRGoodReads
novelgarden.blogspot.com
inspiredbylifeandfiction.com

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

I’d love to know what is your very favorite setting for a novel? Whether your answer is specific (like stories set in a certain state, small town, or city) or more general (such as a ranch or resort, or a foreign country), I’m always curious what attracts readers when they think of a novel’s setting.

Thanks, Deb, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your book. Readers, Deborah has offered to give away an e-copy of her book. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Deb'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. Many commenters are left out of the drawing because they forget to include a way for me to notify them of their win (their email).

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, August 7, 2017

The Guy I'm Not Dating E-book and Free Books!

When personal trainer Kara Richardson stumbles upon charming young deli owner, Gabe Paolino--new to town and quite available--she realizes she couldn't have chosen a worse time to take a vow against dating.

Before I say more about the above novel, I want to announce that the winner of the e-copy of Healing Love, by Jennifer Slattery, is:

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and the winner of the e-copy of my new release, Local Girl, is:

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Congratulations! We'll e-mail your books 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.

This week I'm re-featuring my novel, The Guy I'm Not Dating, because it has just released in e-book format. By way of celebration, I'm going to give away a copy of the e-book.

Here's a quick take on the story's plot:

"Yowza!" exclaims Kara Richardson when she sees the handsome proprietor of the new delicatessen in town, Gabe Paolino—who soon expresses mutual interest. This would be the start of a perfect love story, except for one thing—Kara has vowed to stop dating until she feels God's leading.

But when humorous circumstances send Kara and Gabe on a road trip to Florida, hope springs anew. Even with Kara's flirtatious coworker Tiffany—"a hyena in heels"—along for the ride, the uncouple begins a lively journey that could change their paths forever.

This memorable, charming story of love's persistence captures the honor of waiting on God's timing, and the adventure of finding the perfect guy to not date.

The book can be purchased in e-book format via the following button:



How about you? What is something about which you've chosen to (or had to) wait on God's timing? Has His answer come to you yet? If so, how did it work out?

To enter the drawing, leave a comment below in answer to my 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. Many commenters are left out of the drawing because they forget to include a way for me to notify them of their win (their email).

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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Monday, July 31, 2017

Local Girl Release and Give-away!

She is absolutely not looking for love--not on her own, and definitely not through her pushy, matchmaking friend. However...

Readers, today I'm introducing my latest novella, Local Girl, now available on Amazon. I'm going to give away a copy to someone who joins in the conversation below.

I'll enter your name in the drawing a second time if you also join in the conversation on today's interview with Jennifer Slattery, below.

And I'll enter your name a third time if you are a subscriber.

Here's a brief description of the story:

Entrepreneur Edie Keegan achieves ever-growing acclaim for her popular Local Girl perfume. Her romantic life hasn’t been quite as successful, but that’s fine with her. As she insists to her matchmaking friend, Sara-Penny Butler, she’s not in the market for love. But Sara-Penny knows better, and she understands Edie and her painful past more than Edie realizes.

When Ben Walsh, the town veterinarian, turns Edie’s head, she questions whether love is worth the risk of getting hurt, whether Ben is the man for her (despite her cat allergies), and whether Sara-Penny is ever going to mind her own business.

Local Girl is available for purchase via the button below. If you'd like to enter for the free e-copy I'm giving away next week, leave your answer to my question below.



So my question is this: have you ever been set up on a date via friends or someone a bit more aggressive, a modern-day matchmaker? If so, what was the upshot?

The drawing is done by email, so leave your email address, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com. Many commenters are left out of the drawing because they forget to include a way for me to notify them of their win (their email).

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

Jennifer Slattery and Free Books!

A news anchor intern has it all planned out, and love isn’t on the agenda.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the e-copy of Mission of Love, by Martha Rogers, is:

mac262@...

Congratulations! We'll e-mail 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 Jennifer Slattery, author of the women's fiction novel, Healing Love (independently published, July 2017).

Editor, novelist, and speaker Jennifer Slattery has a passion for helping women discover, embrace, and live out who they are in Christ. As the founder of Wholly Loved Ministries, (http://whollyloved.com) she and her team put on events at partnering churches designed to help women rest in their true worth and live with maximum impact.

She writes Christian living articles for Crosswalk.com, and is the managing and acquisitions editor of Guiding Light Women’s Fiction, an imprint with Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas.

When not writing, reading, or editing, Jennifer loves going on mall dates with her adult daughter and coffee dates with her hilariously fun husband.

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

I love music but I’m tone deaf and can turn heads during church worship—and not in a good way!

Aw, that's pretty cute, Jennifer. I'm glad you ignore the attention and make your worshipful noise anyway.

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

Brooke Endress is on the cusp of her lifelong dream when her younger sister persuades her to chaperone a mission trip to El Salvador. Packing enough hand sanitizer and bug spray to single-handedly wipe out malaria, she embarks on what she hopes will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

But Brooke is blindsided by the desperation for hope and love she sees in the orphans’ eyes. And no less by the connection she feels with her handsome translator. As newfound passion blooms, Brooke wrestles with its implications for her career dreams. Ubaldo Chavez, teacher and translator, knows the struggle that comes with generational poverty. But he found the way out – education – and is determined to help his students rise above.

When he agrees to translate for a mission team from the United States he expects to encounter a bunch of "missional tourists" full of empty promises. Yet an American news anchor defies his expectations, and he finds himself falling in love. But what does he have to offer someone with everything?

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

Brooke can easily be misunderstood. She’s dominated by fear, and as a result, had a need to control nearly everything. Some may view some of her behaviors as selfish, but they actually stem from the feelings of loss and being out of control when both her parents were killed in a car accident. She longs to follow God’s leading, but she’s struggling to release her death grip on her life-plans.

Many readers enjoy reading seasonally set novels (Christmas, summer beach reads, etc.). Have you written anything seasonally set? If not, which season would you like to focus on in a novel?

Though I’m not sure if they’d be termed seasonally set novels, a couple of my books have taken place over the Christmas season. I absolutely love Christmas, with its decorations, nostalgia, and familiar carols. I’d love to write a Christmas novella one of these days.

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

I’m currently reading The Progeny, by Tosca Lee, and wow, it’s intense and intriguing. That girl can write! On the lighter side, Count Me In by Mikal Dawn was a sweet and hilarious romance novel I thoroughly enjoyed.

I haven't read Mikal's work yet, so I'll put her on the TBR list! Tosca is an amazing author. What are you working on now?

I’m about 85% done with a light cowboy romance set in a small, fictional town located in Texas’s Hill Country. The hero is a contractor and widowed rancher’s son raising two boys hired on to help restore his town’s church, which was built in the mid-1800s and since vandalized. The heroine is a painter and stained glass artist from Austin contracted to restore the broken and dirty stained glass windows. She hates small towns and he doesn’t trust city girls and isn’t convinced she’s the best person for the job.

Where else can readers find you online?

They can visit me at my website, JenniferSlatteryLivesOutLoud, they can visit my ministry website at WhollyLoved.com, and they can connect with me on Facebook, on Twitter at JenSlattery, or on Instagram at Slatteryjennifer.

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

If you could visit any location that you encountered in a novel, where would that be and why?

Thanks, Jennifer, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your book. Readers, Jennifer has offered to give away an e-copy of her book. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Jennifer'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. Many commenters are left out of the drawing because they forget to include a way for me to notify them of their win (their email).

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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Monday, July 24, 2017

Martha Rogers and Free Books!

A wounded heart and a wounded hero find healing on their Mission of Love.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the e-copy of An Encore for Estelle, by Kimberly Rose Johnson, is:

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Congratulations! We'll e-mail 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 Martha Rogers, author of the romance novella, Mission of Love, in the National Parks Romance Collection (Winged Publications Forget Me Not Romances, June 2017).

Martha lives in Houston, Texas with her husband of 58 years. She's been writing as long as she can remember making up stories. She writes the Verse of the Week for ACFW, and she is the director of the Texas Christian Fiction Writers’ Conference in Houston.

Martha and her husband are active in First Baptist Church in Houston where she teaches a Bible class and sings in the choir. They have been blessed with nine grandchildren, two grandsons-in-law and four great-grandchildren.

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

I earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Baylor University and taught homemaking for over 18 years before switching to English and earning my Master of Education Degree.

I had no idea! Very cool, Martha.

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

Chelsea and Ryan both have wounded hearts that haven't completely healed, but Ryan has the added burden of being disable due to a mine explosion in Afghanistan and a sordid past in college. They find themselves together on a mission trip with the youth from the church they attend. Through the antics of the teens and wise counsel from other adults on the trip, the mission trip to spread God's love to others becomes a mission of finding love for each other in the midst of their past heartache and disappointment.

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

Chelsea’s fiancé broke off their engagement only weeks before the wedding. She moves to a new city and a new church where she becomes involved as a teacher in the youth division with no time to be concerned about a man in her life. She loves the teenagers both at church and in the middle school where she teaches eighth grade English. She’s not sure she’s ready to trust another man with her heart, but she’s wants to move on with her life and be the woman God wants her to be.

Many readers enjoy reading seasonally set novels (Christmas, summer beach reads, etc.). Have you written anything seasonally set? If not, which season would you like to focus on in a novel?

I’ve written several Christmas novels and novellas as well as one for Valentine’s Day. My favorite is Christmas. I suppose that’s why I’ve written more of them than any other holiday.

What are you working on now?

I have several novellas due the next few months. One is a turn of the century novella for Barbour, First Love Forever. I’m also working on another Christmas novella for an October deadline.

Where else can readers find you online?

My website is www.marthawrogers.com, and I’m a contributor to a history blog at www.hhhistory.com

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

When you see a book with a great cover, what convinces you to actually buy the book?

Thanks, Martha, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your book. Readers, Martha has offered to give away an e-copy of her book. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Martha'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. Many commenters are left out of the drawing because they forget to include a way for me to notify them of their win (their email).

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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Monday, July 17, 2017

Kimberly Rose Johnson and Free Books!

The theater ties them together but a painful past could pull them apart.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Heartbreaker Hero: Eddie’s Story, by Susan Page Davis, is:

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Congratulations! I'll email you for your snail mail address, and we'll mail 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 Kimberly Rose Johnson, author of the contemporary romance, An Encore for Estelle (Sweet Rose Press, May 2017).

Kimberly Rose Johnson married her college sweetheart and lives in the Pacific Northwest. From a young child Kimberly has been an avid reader. That love of reading fostered a creative mind and led to her passion for writing.

She especially loves romance and writes contemporary romance that warms the heart and feeds the soul.

Kimberly holds a degree in Behavioral Science from Northwest University in Kirkland, Washington. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers.

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

When I was a kid I received an invitation to a casting call for the Mickey Mouse Club. We had just moved to Oregon from California. I loved the Mickey Mouse Club and wanted to try out, but my parents said no. I never knew how I got on that list.

And you might have ended up Mrs. Justin Timberlake or Mrs. Ryan Gosling, lol. 

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of An Encore for Estelle.

The theater ties them together but a painful past could pull them apart.

At a crossroads, former movie star Estelle Rogers, returns to the place that set her life on a new course. Although she expects a rough reception she is pleasantly surprised and quickly settles into her new position at the local children's theater. But her road back to acting isn't as smooth as she would like.

Tragedy brought Blake Price to Oak Knoll, Oregon, but it's love that keeps him there. His late wife and daughter loved acting, and he owes it to them to honor their memory with the children’s theater, but his new assistant is making changes he isn’t ready for both at the theater and in his heart. Can he forgive himself and move forward, or will he forever be tied to the biggest mistake of his life?

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

They are both relatable because they have faced hurt and loss.

Many readers enjoy reading seasonally set novels (Christmas, summer beach reads, etc.). Have you written anything seasonally set? If not, which season would you like to focus on in a novel?

Yes. I enjoy writing seasonally set books. ☺ I have four Christmas books, one Valentine book—the first book in this series opens on Valentine’s Day, I also have several books set in the summer, and one that covers Easter.

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

When Angels Cry, by MaryLu Tyndall. It was an end times kind of story that captivated me. I even bought a copy for my dad and recommended it to my husband. It’s the kind of book both men and women would enjoy.

What are you working on now?

I’m currently writing the next book in my Melodies of Love series. A Waltz for Amber will release in October.

Where else can readers find you online?

You can sign up for my newsletter via my website: www.kimberlyrjohnson.com

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

What is your favorite thing to do in the summer?

Thanks, Kimberly, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your book. Readers, Kimberly has offered to give away an e-copy of her book. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Kimberly'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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