Thursday, December 20, 2012

ALL I WANT by Jolene Perry Guest Post


ALL I WANT

THREE STORIES. THREE COUPLES. ONE HOLIDAY.

Pretty Near Perfect
by Jolene Perry

The last thing Norah needs is to be attracted to anyone – especially in her deceased fiancĂ©'s parents' home. Collin’s starting a new career, and has no business getting involved – especially while staying with his roommate’s family, who very kindly offered to take him in for the holidays. Unfortunately, you just don’t always pick the most convenient time and place to fall for someone.


Six Days of Christmas
by Kaylee Baldwin

When Natalie goes home with her best friend for Christmas, she expects plenty of quiet time to work on a winning ad so she can turn her dream internship into her dream job. Instead, she gets time-consuming Christmas festivities, a house full of children, and Jimmy, her best friend’s brother - someone who makes her question everything she’s always thought she wanted.


Twist of Fate
by Rachael Anderson

When a postcard meant for Kenzie winds up in Ty's mailbox, Ty's faced with a decision. Should he tell her that her fiancĂ© is breaking up with her and let it ruin her favorite holiday, or should he do what he’s wanted to do since he met her - make a move and hope that he can win her over before she discovers there won’t be a wedding after all.




Excerpt 

   When Ty said nothing, she turned and caught him staring—the same look he’d given her earlier. Her heart beat faster as he stepped closer and brushed a strand of hair from her face. “I love how you see the world,” he said, his breath fogging the air between them, smelling of mint.
  “Thanks.” Kenzie’s chest rose and fell as she stared up at him. She felt a sudden loss of control over her mind, her heart—everything. All common sense evaporated. If he leaned in and kissed her right now, she’d let him. She’d even kiss him back. 
   Not good.
   Ty’s gloved finger moved to her chin, raising it ever so slightly.
   Kenzie couldn’t do this, she couldn’t. She closed her eyes, forcing a picture of Brad to her mind. He’s the one I want. He’s the one I’m going to marry. Not Ty.
   A warm, minty breath tickled her face, putting her senses on alert. She could feel Ty moving closer. Any second now his lips would touch hers, making her the kind of person who would kiss one guy while engaged to
another. She’d never felt so conflicted. So torn. So completely messed up. 




Author Jolene Perry

Jolene Perry is an enigmatic figure. She is most often seen behind her laptop, staring at the words flying onto the screen with reckless abandon.

She survived growing up in rural Alaska, driving like a lunatic, and her husband’s careers in the military, as a perpetual student, and an Alaska State Prosecutor. She also survived as a middle school math teacher using her degree of Political Science and French.

One day Jolene was playing her guitar (probably some-thing juvenile for her kids) when she wondered what it would be like to write a song for a rockstar, and her first book was born. (that book is shelved)

She now lives a very glamorous life as a stay at home mom, elbow deep in dirty dishes and peanut butter sandwiches. She doesn’t even attempt to keep up with the laundry because non-writing time is precious, and her family is sorta awesome.

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Author Rachael Anderson

Rachael Anderson is the author of four contemporary romances: Divinely Designed, Luck of the Draw, Minor Adjustments, and The Reluctant Bachelorette. She's the mother of four, can't sing, doesn't dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.





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Author Kaylee Baldwin

I grew up in Mesa, Arizona, and graduated from Arizona State University

with a degree in English literature.
I currently live in southern Arizona with my husband, Jeremy, and our three children. When I am not writing, I enjoy reading, starting new craft projects, and spending time with my family.




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Find Your Dream

In Six Days of Christmas, my story in All I Want, Natalie basically dreams of two things. 1) Getting her
dream job with the ad agency she’s interning for and 2) having the stability she’d always craved growing
up. She’s willing to do anything she has to in order to see these dreams come true—even though life
throws her more than one curve ball—and as the story goes along, what she wants starts to change.

When I was a kid, if anyone asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I had a standard answer:
Singer, actress, or writer. My singing career tanked in junior high when I realized that I don’t have great
tone. My acting career disappeared in high school after the first, humiliating school play tryouts where I
froze on stage.

But the writing, that stuck. I won my first honorable mention in 2 nd grade for my Nancy Drewesque
mystery (The Case of the Missing Ring) and after that I was hooked. I then continued to write the
masterpiece: The Magical Toothbrush in which my main character finds a discarded toothbrush on
her way home from school and decides to stick it in her mouth—since that is the best place to stick a
questionable/dirty toothbrush—and she is transported to a different land.

My poor family has had to read, and read, and read every zany, improbable and poorly-written story I
have ever dreamt up. But I was learning, and I was getting better. But I was also getting older and more
self-conscious. I’d already failed (very publicly) at singing and acting. There was no way I wanted to
share my writing with anyone.

So for years I stuffed my writing in folders and hid it under my bed. It wasn’t until my junior year in
high school that we had an assignment to write a personal story—and mine made my teacher cry. I
wondered if maybe I could do this writing thing after all. Then my senior year, I wrote another personal
narrative that the teacher read to my class. When I recognized my story as the one he’d picked to share
with everyone, I froze in my seat. I worried that people would laugh or say that it wasn’t that good or
hate it. But they laughed in all the right places and clapped when he finished reading it.

Even after that, I still hated people to know that I wrote. The first time my husband told a bunch of his
friends that I was writing a book, I was really upset. He’d told them because he was proud of me, but
I was embarrassed. What if nothing came of it? I felt like a poser. The mom who was trying to write a
book. The mom whose dreams were too big. The mom who was wasting her time.

It’s taken me a lot of years and experiences, talking to people and gaining some wisdom to learn this:

I have learned that I have to embrace who I am and not worry about what other people think. Writing is
an important and vital part of my life. It is one of my dreams, and I am working hard to make the most of
it. I did end of getting the publishing contract that I’d dreamed of—but it didn’t magically give me loads
of confidence. I’ve had to earn that confidence bit by bit, and still it fades occasionally. Like Natalie, my
dreams have changed and life has thrown more than one curveball my way, but that passion for writing
has never waned.

I hope you can think of your dreams and go for them as well. You are worth it.



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