Monday, September 6, 2010

Giveaway and Author Interview: The Perfect Blend

Help me welcome back to Writing for Christ Trish Perry! I am excited to have you here for a second time.
Thanks, Casey. It’s my pleasure.

What has changed in your writing life since you were last here?

The release dates for The Tea Shop Series were moved closer, so the first book, The Perfect Blend, just released on September 1, and the second, Tea for Two, will release in April. I’m so happy with both romantic stories. I hope readers will be, too.

Here’s a quick description of The Perfect Blend:

Steph Vandergrift is in need of a job. She left everything behind to elope with Middleburg attorney Rick Manfred, never imagining he would stand her up at the altar. Now, hoping just to get by until she can decide what to do next, Steph thinks she’s found the perfect position at the local tea shop.


Kendall James, one of the kindest and most eligible bachelors in the area, meets Steph and proceeds to pursue her. But by the time Steph feels able to consider dating again, her runaway fiancé returns and tries to win her back. Steph is wary, but she and Rick always seemed to blend so well. Are they truly meant to be together? Maybe God has something else in mind…

And now I have a few more releases coming in the spring. I’m currently writing Unforgettable, a 1950s romantic comedy for Summerside Press’ new line, When I Fall in Love. Unforgettable is about a ballroom dance instructor who becomes involved with a former World War II fighter pilot (now a newspaper reporter). Their mutual experiences bring them from Arlington (just outside Washington, D.C.) to Manhattan, and they discover love along the way. My other release in the spring is a devotional I wrote with four fabulous authors (Kristin Billerbeck, Sandie Bricker, Diann Hunt, and Debby Mayne), called Delight Yourself in the Lord . . . Even on Bad Hair Days (Summerside Press). That was such a fun project, and I think it will be well received.

Sounds great! What recent read stood out to you as truly spectacular?

I’ve read so many novels lately! I’m tempted to highlight The Help, by Kathryn Stockett, but on my own site so many people cite that book. I figure you’re hearing that, too. So I’ll give you another impressive recent read. I thought Andrea Levy’s Small Island, about Jamaican immigrants in post-WWII England, was beautifully and painfully moving. And the BBC made a pretty faithful film version of it. But I would caution that, like The Help, Small Island isn’t written for the Christian reader.

Do you have favorite authors?

Many, in numerous genres. I always expect to enjoy books written by Jennifer Weiner, Tosca Lee, Tony Parsons, Anne Tyler, Graham Greene, Lisa Samson, P.G. Wodehouse, C. S. Lewis, Helen Fielding, Evelyn Waugh, Khaled Hosseini, Cathy Gohlke, David Lodge, Laura Zigman, Phillipa Gregory, . . . I could go on and on! I love reading all kinds of novels, both heavy and light in mood.

What do you find the most enjoyable part of writing or connecting with readers?

I love the writing process and hope to actually get back to read some of my own novels that have been out for some time—it would be fun to read them with that much distance, as if someone else wrote them. I just hope I give myself a good review on Amazon.

But my favorite part of writing is that connecting with readers you mentioned. When a total stranger writes to me and tells me how one of my books touched her, how it was exactly what she needed to read at that point in her life or how it made her laugh out loud, I feel so blessed and satisfied. That’s like having God give me a pat on the back. A terrific reward.

What do you find the most ideal atmosphere for writing? Do you ever get those surroundings?

My favorite conditions are right here at home, in front of my computer, preferably alone, hearing absolutely no sound other than my excited little fingers running all over the keyboard (okay sometimes they merely stroll across the keyboard, and sometimes they just sit there, ten stupid digits). I struggle to write in any other surroundings than the ideal ones! I mean, I can hammer it out elsewhere, but it never feels particularly inspired. And I can’t stand writing when someone can read over my shoulder. Planes are the worst! I know how to write in shorthand, and I’ll sometimes resort to that so nosy neighbors can’t tell what I’m writing. There’s always the concern, though, that I won’t be able to read my own shorthand later.

Okay, something fun for those writers out there: In what point of your writing career did you surprise yourself by writing the most words ever in the shortest amount of time?

I may be in that position right now! I thought I had six months to write one book, but I ended up getting contracts for three within that general time frame. The situation has taught me that I can be far more disciplined than I realized, if I press my nose closely enough to the grindstone. And I honestly don’t feel the quality of my writing has suffered. Rather, I feel better about what I’ve written. I know part of that efficiency is just because of the experience after several years of publishing, but I’ve also had to keep myself in this chair more diligently. Sometimes that’s all it takes to write more than you thought you could. That, and a whole lotta prayer and groveling for divine inspiration.

Thanks for being here again! It has been a joy and we wish the very best with your novels.

Thanks so much, Casey. I enjoyed visiting your pretty site again.

Okay readers, here is your chance to win Trish's latest book, The Perfect Blend!!

PLEASE LEAVE AN EMAIL ADDRESS! If I draw your name and there is no email, YOU WILL NOT WIN!
For extra entries:
~Be a follower
~Be a subscriber
And a NEW one:
~Subscribe to Trish's blog on the right side of the screen. (you do have to scroll down to a short ways)

Contest is only open in the U.S. and void where prohibited. Chances of winning are based on the number of entries and winner is draw from a non-biased third party- Random.org. I am not responsible for any lost or damaged items for said prize.
Thanks for coming by to enter! Contest ends on September 18th.

65 comments:

  1. I would love to read this. Thanks for the contest and the interview. vidomich(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  3. This book looks so good!!

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  4. Thank you for the interview. This sounds like a book I wsould enjoy reading. Thank you for the chance to win a copy.

    Smiles & Blessings,
    Cindy W.

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  5. I am a GFC follower.

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    Cindy W.

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  6. I'm an email subscriber.

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    Cindy W.

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  7. I also subscribe to Trish's blog.

    Smiles & Blessings,
    Cindy W.

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  8. The Prefect Blend by Trish Perry is a great cup of tea to read, I'm sure. A chance to win would be awesome.
    I am an email subscriber to both blogs yours and Trish's.
    I am also aGoogle follower to both Blogs.
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  9. I follow your blog. Please enter me.

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  10. I'm looking forward to curling up with a cup of tea and The Perfect Blend, it sounds sweet and romantic. Please include me, thanks!
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  11. I'm a follower.
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  12. I'm a subscriber.
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  13. I subscribe to Trish's blog.
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  14. This books sounds really good. Love the cover!Looking forward to reading it. Thanks for giving away a copy.
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  15. I'd love to win Trish's book. thanks

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  16. I subscribed at Trish's blog

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  17. I'm a follower here

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  18. I'm a subscriber here too

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  19. I love the sound of the plot! Please enter me :)

    I am a follower.

    I am a subscriber.

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  20. I am a subscirber.

    I am a follower

    This book sounds great and would love to be entered.

    Blessings,
    Jo
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  21. I'm reading a lot of great reviews for Trish's book.

    I am a follower.

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  22. Sounds like a great book - thanks for the chance at the giveaway!

    Sheri

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  23. I am a follower of your blog.

    Sheri

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  24. I am also a subscriber.

    Sheri

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  25. I also subscribe to Trish's blog.

    Sheri

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  26. Thanks for a great interview! I would love to read this book!

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  27. Please enter me.....love her books. Thanks!!!
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  28. I subscribe via e mail.
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  29. I do subscribe to Trish's blog.
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  30. Hi Trish, Loved your interview and love the story line For The Perfect Blend. I have this one on my wish list and can't wait to read. Thanks for stopping by to chat.

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  31. I am a follower


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  32. I am email subscriber

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  33. I am already a subscriber to Trish's blog.

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  34. Trish, I enjoyed your interview very much. I've been a follower of your blog for awhile and it was nice seeing you here on Casey's blog. "The Perfect Blend" sounds like a wonderful read and I thank you for the chance to win it. Congratulations on the release dates being moved up and am looking forward to April when "Tea for Two" will be released.

    Casey, I'm a follower of your blog & OEA, I am a subscriber to your blog & OEA and I have been a follower/subscriber to Trish's blog for awhile.

    Blessings to you both,

    Beverly
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  35. Please include me in the giveaway contest!

    I'm a follower and subscriber.

    Doreen
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  36. thanks for the chance to read this fabulous novel...

    karenk
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  37. email subscriber :)

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  38. i'm a follower :)

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  39. i'm a follower :)

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  40. I love Trish's books. Thanks for offering it.
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  41. I am a follower.
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  42. I am a subscriber
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  43. I subscribe to Trish's bllg.
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  44. would love to win this book, I like Trish's book have a few of them and would love to win this one.

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    Love the look of your blog

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  45. I follow


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  46. I follow Trish


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  47. Thanks for the giveaway - I'd love to read it!
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  48. I follow on GFC
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  49. I love hot tea and tea shops so this book sounds good to me!

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  50. The cover of this book is so inviting.

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  51. It's refreshing to see Trish use the tea shop theme and I look forward to this series. Although I love my coffee, I do enjoy hot tea with sugar and lemon upon occasion.

    Thank you for the chance to win The Perfect Blend.

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  52. Extra entries:

    Follower - yes
    Subscriber - yes
    Trish's blog - have followed for a long time

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  53. I forgot to tell you that I am a follower.

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  54. I would love to win. I have read some of Perry's books and enjoyed them. clairjuly[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  55. How happy I am to find another giveaway for Trish's book. I've been wanting to read this since I first heard of it. Very good interview Trish and Casey. Thank you for the giveaway of a copy of your book, Trish. Casey, I appreciate the chance to sin...I hope I do!

    Blessings,
    Barb Shelton
    barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com

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  56. I am a subscriber to Trish's Blog and enjoy her very much.

    Thank you,
    Barb Shelton
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  57. I am a subscriber to Casey's Blog. Casey does great interviews.

    Thanks,
    Barb Shelton
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  58. I am a follower of Casey's blog.
    Keep up the great work, Casey.

    Thanks,
    Barb Shelton
    barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com

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  59. It sounds like it's going to be a wonderful series. I really like the cottage they used on the cover of the book it's very inviting. Thanks!
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  60. I love Trish Perry's books and would love to read this one. Please enter me in the drawing. Thank you!

    cherierj(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  61. I am a follower.

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  62. I am a subscriber to this blog.

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  63. I already subscribe to Trish's blog.

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  64. I just became a follower. :)
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