Tag Archive: #ElissaBlue


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 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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Going global :)

Thanks to Ingram, Elissa Blue is now available to bookstores around the globe! If you don’t find it in your local bookstore, you can ask them to order it. I hadn’t realized that bookstores mostly just order from a single distributor, and it’s not Amazon. Ingram is the world’s biggest wholesale book distributor, and the company all of my local bookstores use; hopefully yours, too! So if you’re like me and still adore perusing the shelves of your local bookstore and that delightful booky smell, keep an eye out for Elissa Blue! ๐Ÿ˜€

International Giveaway! :)

As promised, this book giveaway is international! United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, India, and New Zealand are all included. ๐Ÿ˜€ If I left your country out, let me know in the comments, and I’ll make sure the next giveaway includes yours as well. If you don’t have a Goodreads account, it’s easy and free. I adore Goodreads and use it to choose 90% of what I read. I am also a Goodreads Librarian. ๐Ÿ˜Ž If you would like to enter the giveaway for 1 of 5 signed copies of Elissa Blue: Book One of The Winged, click here:ย https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/229047-elissa-blue-book-one-of-the-winged

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