Category: Publishing


Hoarding & Remodeling

Please tell me someone else out there has been embarrassed in front of your contractor. Today my shame was hoarding of the under-the-sink variety. Apparently, I have acquired sufficient hair gel, lotion, and Proactiv for the end of time. I know this because I just filled 220190507_105744 black garbage bags with my hoarding and even as they threatened to burst, there was still a fourth of the under-the-sink contents to go! I hadn’t realized I would need to empty it out in order to get new countertops, so I was unraveling my hoard at panic pace while the contractor kindly removed the under-the-sink contents from my other bathroom. And I know there’s no orderly way to put my hoard back once the contractor’s done (there’s a reason dragons keep their hoards in an untidy pile!), but what other option do I have? Move? Yeah, okay, guess I’ll do that. ๐Ÿ˜€

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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 Amazon.com. 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

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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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! ๐Ÿ˜€ Giddy happy dance!

First school assembly!

Thank you Patricia Acosta for taking the picture! ๐Ÿ™‚

Okay, not really my first, but it is the first school assembly where I was invited to talk about my book, writing, and publishing. ๐Ÿ˜Ž 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! ๐Ÿ˜€

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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!

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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