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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

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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. πŸ˜€ 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. πŸ˜€

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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. πŸ˜€

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. πŸ™‚

New Giveaway from BookSweeps!

Earlier this year, Janette Rallison (one of my favorite authors) participated in a BookSweeps giveaway and it looked so exciting I just had to try it! The grand prize winner gets 54 YA science fiction/fantasy books, an eReader, and everybody receives free eBooks just for entering. I so want to enter! But I’m guessing that’s not allowed since I’m one of the participating authors (did you find Elissa Blue?). Luckily, you have so such restriction! Just click on this link: http://bit.ly/yaSFF-dec17

I have cover art for Book 2!!!

Tonight I picked up the two paintings that will become the cover art for Lexi Monarch: Book Two of the Winged! I am so excited! When I look at the face that the very talented Angela Bruggeman painted, I think: “Yes! That’s what Lexi looks like!” It is such a joyful feeling to see the character I imagined come to life in paint! πŸ˜€ Giddy happy dance!

First school assembly!

Thank you Patricia Acosta for taking the picture! πŸ™‚

Okay, not really my first, but it is the first school assembly where I was invited to talk about my book, writing, and publishing. 😎 It began with inquisitive kindergartners who desperately wanted to touch the cover painting and take a business card (oh well, I had lots). The older kids seemed to enjoy it, especially once I broke out the candy (at the beginning; I’m a briber). Inviting them to practice their fake laughs so they could describe what it sounded and looked like may have been a bad idea—waving the remaining candy was required to restore calm. Note to self for next time: handouts create commotion, freebies create pandemonium (save them for the very end!). Not sure if I’ll get a chance to do it again, but it sure was fun! πŸ˜€

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First book signing!

Thank you Waucoma Bookstore and the Columbia Arts Center for hosting my first book signing! It was so fun ordering the big pile of books, having cards printed, and then a last-minute shopping trip for butterfly paraphernalia. My daughter set up my display while I drove around the block praying for a parking spot in the pouring rain. I made it back just in time–if a little damp–and sat down next to my fellow author, Stephen Holgate, who was really entertaining. He chatted easily about his book with everyone who stopped by, while I struggled to do the same. Somehow sitting behind that table with a stack of my books in front of me felt very much like a lemonade stand of my youth. Bless my sweet friends who eased the social awkwardness by stopping by and letting me forget what I was doing for a bit!

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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