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Local Bookstore Debut!

Waucoma Bookstore asked me to come in and sign my book today! (Cue giddy happy dance!) It was so odd to take a book off the display, write in it, and then put it back on the shelf with the approval of the store. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ I almost expected the clerk to glare and say: “You wrote in it, you bought it.” But she smiled and put a sticker on the front that said it had been signed by the author. It was surreal and delightful. Now I just want to go back and look at it…lots.ย  How many times do you think I can stop by to “visit” my book before it gets weird? One? Luckily I took a picture. ๐Ÿ˜€

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Great Summer Reads

Some of you may have multi-task-itis as I do. It means that I essentially must always be doing at least two things at once or I feel guilty, especially fun things like reading. But summer is that beautiful time when I can snuggle into a hammock with a book and say I’m “working on my tan” or “watering the yard” while I deliciously read IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DAY! ๐Ÿ˜€ In preparation, I make sure I have copious piles of books (physical & digital) to tackle while the sun shines. In case you haven’t made your pile yet, I have a few suggestions: Dark Energy by Robison Wells, Pimpernel by Sheralyn Pratt, Slayers by C.J. Hill, The Dragon’s Price by Bethany Wiggins, Blue Screen by Dan Wells, and, of course, Elissa Blue by T.K. Perry (how could I resist?). If you want more suggestions, check out my reviews on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16339234.T_K_Perry. Happy guilt-free reading! ๐Ÿ˜Ž

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I love my reviewers!

It was so very scary the first time I let someone read Elissa Blue, and only marginally less scary each time afterwards. I published it terrified of the nasty reviews I would have to endure. Each positive review leaves me surprised, hopeful, and so grateful! Lately I’ve been receiving book reviews that have touched and charmed me so completely that I happy cry. A retired school teacher whom I admire commended my dialogue and called the book wonderful. A high school friend praised my metaphors (weren’t intentional, but oh well!) and message. And tonight, a Goodreads reviewer wrote “I truly loved this book, it melted my heart into a little puddle of happiness and left me content.” That is just how my reviews make me feel! Thank you so much!elissa blue meme reviews 3

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Instant Win!

I’m an impatient person, so pretty much anything that happens instantly is good: instant Karma, instant gratification, instant pudding…you get the idea. That’s why this new giveaway is so fun! You don’t have to wait a month to see if your name is drawn, you find out in seconds if you won. Amazon.com will randomly choose 1 in every 50 entrants to win a Kindle copy of Elissa Blue. All you have to do is follow my author page on Amazon, and you’re ready to play! Good luck to you all. ๐Ÿ˜€ Click here to enter: https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/8b90dd20e9049af6

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Help!

Help! I’m addicted to rank checking and I can’t stop! It all started when I ran a freebie weekend for Elissa Blue. I broke into Amazon’s top 100 free books. Yes, I did take a screenshot to prove it. No, I can’t find it within myself to be ashamed. My hypercompetitiveness kicked in then and there. Now every time my rank goes up, I am giddy with glee, and each time it falls I am battling despair. I know it’s not healthy. I know I need to quit. Checking one’s rank multiple times a day is OCD at best, and egomaniacal at worst (no, I’m not a psychologist, I just like to throw around terms from DSM-5 because it’s fun). But seriously, somebody please impart some wisdom to help break my ranking addiction! :/

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I’m an LDStorymaker! :)

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Have you ever looked at a group with longing and hoped to one day be part of it? That’s how I’ve felt about LDStorymakers for a long time, and tonight, I officially became one!!! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ I am so bubbly joyous! Two of my favorite authors belong to the group (Janette Rallison & Robison Wells), so it’s like hanging out with famous people! Next year I hope to attend the writer’s conference and hobnob in person. Until then, chatting online with those who have created some of the best books I’ve ever read is going to be amazing! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

Going global :)

Thanks to Ingram, Elissa Blue is now available to bookstores around the globe! If you don’t find it in your local bookstore, you can ask them to order it. I hadn’t realized that bookstores mostly just order from a single distributor, and it’s not Amazon. Ingram is the world’s biggest wholesale book distributor, and the company all of my local bookstores use; hopefully yours, too! So if you’re like me and still adore perusing the shelves of your local bookstore and that delightful booky smell, keep an eye out for Elissa Blue! ๐Ÿ˜€

Geeking out :D

I’ve been using WordPerfect since version 5.1 (that’s DOS, boys and girls!), even got pretty proficient in 6.0 and 6.1 as a professional word processor before grad school, but I have NEVER done anything so complex and awesome as the book cover I just finished in X8. Sure, the codes weirded out, gave me random black lines, forced page breelissa blue cover wrap for blogaks, and disappearing graphics, but I persevered! And many hours later, my cover is ready for publishing! Wait, you say, didn’t you already publish a paperback version of Elissa Blue? Yes, I did. But I’ve learned that publishing through Amazon and Barnes and Noble online doesn’t help you get your book in physical bookstores. For that, you need a distributor everybody uses like Ingram. Also, Amazon and B&N help you with templates and formatting for your cover. Ingram just wants a PDF. And BAM! I did it! ๐Ÿ˜€

International Giveaway! :)

As promised, this book giveaway is international! United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, India, and New Zealand are all included. ๐Ÿ˜€ If I left your country out, let me know in the comments, and I’ll make sure the next giveaway includes yours as well. If you don’t have a Goodreads account, it’s easy and free. I adore Goodreads and use it to choose 90% of what I read. I am also a Goodreads Librarian. ๐Ÿ˜Ž If you would like to enter the giveaway for 1 of 5 signed copies of Elissa Blue: Book One of The Winged, click here:ย https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/229047-elissa-blue-book-one-of-the-winged

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I have lovely childhood memories of visiting the local library every week and checking out enormous piles of books that were almost impossible to carry. Books were some of my favorite adventures; still are, though now my enormous pile is digital. If you are a fan of paperbacks, I have good news! Elissa Blue is now available (or very soon will be) at Hood River County libraries, Salt Lake County libraries, and the Brigham Young University Library in Provo. Hopefully, it will be cropping up at other libraries as well. If you would like to help that process along, just request that Elissa Blue be added to your local library. Thank you in advance! ๐Ÿ˜€elissa blue copies on shelf

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