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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, 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.

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, 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:

rsuebell@...

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 fianc√© 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.

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, 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:

jhdwayne@...

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

The book can be purchased online via the following button:



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

Monday, July 3, 2017

Susan Page Davis and Free Books!

Detective Eddie Thibodeau may be ruined for undercover work when a video of him rescuing a toddler goes viral.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Upon a Spring Breeze, by Kelly Irvin, is:

susanlulu@...

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 Susan Page Davis, author of the romantic mystery, Heartbreaker Hero: Eddie’s Story (Tea Tin Press, July 2017).

Susan Page Davis is a Maine native now living in western Kentucky with her husband of 41 years, Jim, who is a retired news editor. They have six children and ten grandchildren. Susan has published more than 70 novels, mostly in the Christian romance, historical romance, mystery and suspense genres.

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

Once upon a time, many (many) years ago, I was a waitress at a Howard Johnson’s restaurant, and I served Bob Dylan a cup of tea. With lemon.

How fun! I'm sure your gracious attention led to a well-crafted song in his repertoire.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Heartbreaker Hero: Eddie's Story.

Eddie Thibodeau is a detective in the Priority Unit, a fictional special unit in the Portland, Maine police department. The unit is called in to investigate when a man is found dead in the police chief’s back yard. Eddie is a young Christian with a checkered past. He is now dating his boss’s sister-in-law, Leeanne Wainthrop.

On New Year’s Eve, he and Leeanne are involved in a multi-car accident. They aren’t hurt, and Eddie helps the people in the vehicle ahead of them, putting out an engine fire and hauling a toddler from the back seat. Someone posts a video of his heroic actions, and that starts a frenzy over the dashing detective.

Leeanne isn’t sure what to think when scores of women join a Facebook poll that asks how many women have cried over Eddie. Living down his past may be harder than facing his future.

What is it about Eddie that will make your readers care about him?

Eddie used to like being the “bad boy.” He had his pick of the women in his circle. Now that he’s a Christian, he wants to clean up his act, but he finds himself in an awkward position, given his reputation. As his friend says, he doesn’t want to play with the bad girls anymore, but the good girls want nothing to do with him. Eddie has to prove that he’s trustworthy, which is made difficult by gossip and unsought publicity.

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?

The featured book, Heartbreaker Hero, is set in December and January in Maine, which means lots of snow, a power outage, and more seasonal happenings. I think I’ve set books in every season now, but I haven’t done a lot with holidays other than Christmas. I have included Thanksgiving in some books. This one also includes New Year’s Eve, and The Saboteur and The Priority Unit include Memorial Day.

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

I just finished Ann Gabhart’s Murder at the Courthouse. It was a fun read.

What are you working on now?

I’m finishing up a cozy mystery for Guideposts in the Tearoom Mysteries series, and also working on Book 5 in the Maine Justice Series (The House Next Door). Harvey dabbles in real estate, but he has no idea of the terror it will bring to his family.

Where else can readers find you online?

Website: www.susanpagedavis.com
Twitter: @SusanPageDavis
Facebook
Sign up for my occasional newsletter.

The book can be purchased online via the following button:



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

Eddie unintentionally becomes the city’s hero. Do you have a secret hero?

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 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. 

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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