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Book Three has begun!

In the wee hours of this morning, I finally started writing a story that has been churning in my head for years. Granted, I’ve only written the first page, but Book Three of The Winged series has officially begun! And I was so giddy about it, that I considered waking up my family and making them read it. But it was 2:15 a.m., so I resisted (such self control!).

Why am I writing Book Three when Book Two of The Winged isn’t published yet? Because Book Two is currently in the hands of my clever and insightful beta readers; I’m waiting on their feedback before I do any more editing. But not to worry, Book Two is coming soon!

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Book Two is Done! Sorta :)

Giddy squee! I just finished my first draft of Book Two!!! And it only took me seven years! No, it doesn’t normally take that long. I just stopped writing Book Two so I could edit and publish Book One, and then I got a little distracted by life. So thank you to all those who have read Elissa Blue: Book One of The Winged, and keep asking me when Book Two is coming out. Apparently I need that kind of pressure to get it done. On to editing! ๐Ÿ˜€

I’m on fire (figuratively)!

Summer went out in a blaze of glory! Okay, it was just a blaze. Actually, it’s a really big forest fire that may or may not burn my house down. Good times. Outside the air is so smoky it’s like breathing chalk (please don’t be imagining me with a piece of chalk up each nostril). But! I have found time to write every day lately, and it feels wonderful! I still don’t know quite how book two of The Winged series is going to end, but I think I’m almost there. If I’m not, it’s going to be a very long book as it’s already well over 100,000 words! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

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Library Epiphany

When I was young, my mom took us to the library often, and I would always walk to the check-out with a pile of books so high that I had to use my chin to keep from dropping them all. Those stacks were my treasure for the next three weeks as I devoured each one of them. I still can’t bear to leave the library without at least three books, and until I’ve acquired them, I walk among the stacks tapping the spines of my favorites in a silent salute to our adventures together. Today, I was delighted to discover Elissa Blue among their ranks. Having my book placed alongside the prolific James Patterson only made it more surreal. I may have written and published a book, but somehow it’s still a shock to see it residing casually with the other books, looking like it belongs.ย ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

p.s. Even if your library doesn’t yet have a copy of Elissa Blue, in the U.S. you can use interlibrary loan to borrow this one.

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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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