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Today is a good day :)

Sometimes discouragement gets the better of you as a writer, but today is a good day. The local book store and arts center requested a picture of my book cover and me to start advertising their Literary Festival/book signing, I have new reviews on Amazon and Goodreads, and the delightful Ash the Bookworm just designated Elissa Blue as the most beautiful book cover (https://ashthebookworm.wordpress.com/2017/08/13/beautiful-book-covers-tag/). ๐Ÿ˜€ This trifecta of good news comes at the perfect time as I’ve been feeling anxious about not having book two finished yet, and even had stress dreams last night about it. I thought summer was going to afford me multiple writing hours a day, but it just hasn’t happened. I need to start sleeping less (3 hours a night is plenty, right?) or invent time travel so I can still publish the second book in December. But I will not worry about that now, because today is a good day.

P.S. Forever thanks to Julie Jentzsch for this amazing cover. Your beautiful art gave me the courage to publish.

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Freebie Fridays

The past few weeks, I have been doing Freebie Fridays on my Facebook author page—where I give away copies of Elissa Blue along with two of my favorite books every Friday. It gives me a chance to share some of my all-time favorite books as well as Elissa Blue (naturally also a favorite ๐Ÿ˜€ ). I get so excited once I finally settle on the week’s three fabulous books that the giveaway usually begins late Thursday night. This week I’m even more out of control. I reasoned that since it’s already early morning in India, why not begin now? So here it is, 5:00 p.m. on a Thursday and I’m already calling it Freebie Friday. Can’t stop me! ๐Ÿ˜†

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I have successfully weathered my first bad review! ๐Ÿ˜€ That may not seem like cause for celebration, but it feels like a rite of passage. I was talking to another author last week, and she was advising me not to read my reviews as it just gets too upsetting. I may get there (she has many more reviews than I), but for now, I’m still very intrigued to hear what my readers have to say. And I do appreciate the writer of the negative review as she gave me a great deal of constructive criticism and even a little praise. Not everyone is going to like my book, and that’s okay. Sometimes my books feel like my children, and my actual child can attest to how well I accept criticism of her, so I am immensely relieved that I don’t feel all mama bear over this review—just reflective.

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I noticed an odd thing this past week: most of my followers on Facebook are teen girls from India. Not sure if it’s the time of day I post, my cover art or some je ne sais quoi, but I’m delighted with the enthusiasm from the other side of the Earth. ๐Ÿ˜€ I do worry a bit, though, as kissing is such a cultural taboo there, and well, my book has a fair amount of it. I’m hoping the kissing scenes cropping up in Bollywood films lately bode well for me, because Elissa Blue is a “kissing book.” ๐Ÿ˜‰

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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˜€