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Escapism is beautiful

My exuberance over the end of 2018 may have been premature. It seems troubles from last year have simply combined with new sorrows. It was silly to expect otherwise. Perhaps I’ve been reading too many happily-ever-after stories where gnarly problems are crowned with an aw-worthy end. Or maybe my HEA is just a little slow in coming. Either way, it’s time for some high-quality escapism to dry my tears: it’s time to write! I’m currently working on Book 3 of The Winged and hope to publish it before the end of the year. In the meantime, I’ve decided to make Elissa Blue free for a while on Kindle, Nook, and Kobo. So if you need some escapism, too, now you can get it for free! ๐Ÿ™‚elissa blue free kindle nook kobo


Though there were some lovely moments of 2018 (2 new puppies, Lexi Monarch published, and teaching seminary), I am so glad it’s over! 2018 was one of the hardest years of my life. Each time something new would go wrong, my daughter and I comforted each other with: “Well, this is great writing fodder.” :/ Hopefully, 2019 will be a better year—filled with great books (read and written). Happy New Year!IMG_1794

It’s here! It’s here! LexLexi Monarch cover snipi Monarch: Book Two of The Winged is here! Okay, it’s been out for a bit on Amazon, but NOW is when it shows up in other places like Barnes and Noble or your local bookstore. Lexi Monarch is now available through Ingram, so if your school or library or bookstore would like a copy they can order it through them.

Now, if you haven’t already read Elissa Blue: Book One of The Winged, I highly recommend you do so before you read Lexi Monarch. Even though each book has a different main character, there’s plenty of overlap and SPOILERS! Elissa Blue is also available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Ingram. Happy reading! ๐Ÿ˜€

It’s been a perfectly atrocious couple of months in the Perry household. Random horridness has pelted us from every direction. I guess everyone gets their turn in the trial storms of life, but I sure hope ours is over soon!

In far better news, Lexi Monarch: Book Two of The Winged Lexi Monarch cover snipcomes out October 13th! It’s available now for pre-order on Though it has a different central character, there’s plenty of overlap with Elissa Blue. So if you’ve been wondering how your favorite characters have been doing, wonder no more! Click here to order your copy today: Lexi Monarch: Book Two of the Winged


Gutenberg Castle in Balzers, Liechtenstein

In July, I took a trip I’ve been dreaming about most of my life: I went to Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein, and Switzerland. Despite the heat wave and lack of air conditioning, it was still an incredible adventure. We sped along the Autobahn, toured Mozart’s house, saw where they filmed the Sound of Music, made out like bandits at a Birkenstock outlet, and saw LOTS of castles. The Winged series is set in an old stone castle, so I was eager to see how accurate my descriptions were. In general, the castles were colder, damper, and rougher to the touch than I had expected. Their imposing facades reminded me that they were built for war, not fairy tales. Despite that, I’ve happily gone right back to writing my fairy story set in a castle (reality be danged!).


Summer Break Delusions

I’m always so delighted when school is out. I foresee hours every day of uninterrupted writing, no alarm clocks, and lounging in a hammock with a good book. Yet reality never seems to follow the daydream. Here I am one day in, operating on 4 hours of sleep, quickly approaching midnight and trying to decide if I will sacrifice writing, exercise or sleep. I think I shall choose secret option D where I borrow a time turner from J.K. Rowling and miraculously accomplish it all! Alas, I am a muggle, and a sleep-deprived one at that. Zzzzzzz


Stephanie Black (right) introducing Janette Rallison (left)

I feel like I’ve been backstage at a rock stars of writing concert! I got to meet most of my favorite living authors: Shannon Hale (yes, I’m counting our five-minute walk into the conference together, even if I only said five words #fangirlingsohard), Janette Rallison (so nice!), Stephanie Black (hilarious), and Dan Wells (awesome singer). 20180504_123923I am now so chock full of writing tips that I’m not sure I can write. ๐Ÿ˜€ Seriously though, it was humbling to discover how many writers carefully construct their stories (the plotters). My stories are like a movie in my head and I never know how they’re going to end (I’m a “pantser” as in writing “by the seat of my pants”). Even more humbling was discovering partway through the first day that my name badge had flipped over and the back side said “special.” Doh!

Thank goodness for deadlines! I’ve had Angela Bruggeman’s beautiful art for months, but didn’t manage to merge her two pieces into a cover until recently (thank you LDStorymakers Conference for lighting a fire beneath me). So here it is, ladies and gentlemen: Lexi Monarch, Book Two of The Winged series. I am so excited for you to read this book! If you haven’t already read Elissa Blue, you still have time (you’re going to want to read them in order). I’m crossing my fingers for a May 19th release date. As long as my fantastic editor (Melody Shellman) and I stay on schedule, we should make it. ๐Ÿ˜€

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The past two and a half weeks have flown by in a flurry of snuggles, puppy pads, tug-o-war, and moments of pure panic. Pixie the fearless adventuress has visited the skunks under the deck (ack!), snuck out at night (coronary!), and seriously considered jumping into the partially-frozen fish pond (gah!). Despite no sense of self-preservation, she is wonderfully intelligent, and quickly figures things out on her own (like how to escape and evade recapture). And there is no better snuggler on the face of the planet once she gets sleepy. Playing with her is a delight, and when we stop she paws the air in a motion my daughter has labeled “come at me bro.” Being chased is her favorite game, especially with a dirty puppy pad in her mouth. I may be getting little writing (or much of anything) done, but this sweet little whirling dervish has spun herself into our hearts, and we couldn’t imagine our family without her. ๐Ÿ˜€

Puppy to the rescue!

Photo courtesy of Britanie Rains & Salem’s Finest AKC Chihuahuas

It was a sad Christmas break at the Perry household. Everyone got the flu, and then our 14-year-old dog died. She was such a sweetie, and we all feel a little lost without her. Bless my husband for finding Salem’s Finest AKC Chihuahuas, and an adorable puppy named River. We have to wait a month before she’s old enough to bring home, but the breeder (Britanie Rains) keeps sending us videos and pictures that are bringing us great comfort and hope. If you’ve ever lost a dog, I’m so sorry! Hopefully there’s a puppy in your future, too. ๐Ÿ™‚