Sunday, October 2, 2011

Giveaway & Meet Jolene B. Perry!

If I could describe this book in one short line, it would be:

A book with LOADS of heart.

Reading The Next Door Boys is like floating down a perfectly paced lazy river through a gorgeous meadow of wildflowers. Seriously, it's a beautiful, uplifting tale about growth, friendship and love. And the romance? Yeah, loved the romance.

As well as the cover AND the title.

In other words, this book has it ALL.

You can find it on Amazon HERE, and Goodreads HERE, or on Jolene's website, HERE.

Or, simply leave a comment to either win a copy of your own or a $35 Amazon gift card so you can BUY a copy of your own. :)

And if any of the above doesn't convince you to read it, meeting Jolene definitely will.

Me: So Jolene, what is one book everyone should read?

Okay - this is too easy. The Next Door Boys??? :D


Me: That was easy, and so true. So what's your favorite flavor of ice cream?

Easy - Moose Tracks (I hope this isn't an Alaska thing, because you all would be seriously deprived)

Me: Thank goodness it's not. I LOVE that ice cream. What about breakfast foods, got any favorites?

My favorite thing to eat would be oatmeal pancakes. What I actually eat for breakfast, almost every day, is a carnation instant breakfast drink. How boring, right??

Me: Not if it's the chocolate kind. :) So, Skittles or M&Ms?

Okay - one of these has chocolate, and the other one doesn't. Is this a trick question?

Me: LOL. I take it your Carnation drink IS chocolate? :) Now here's a toughie. Tell me in one sentence only, why we should read your book.

I think I can do it in three words and a smiley:
Brian is yummy :D

Me: Okay, that did it. Especially since I completely agree. :) So if you could choose only one time period and place to live, when and where would you live and why?

Right here, and right now. I'm partial to good hygiene, and I hate being cold. Also - what would I do without the INTERNET??

Me: You hate being cold and yet you live where??? :) So did you always know you wanted to be a writer or did you have something else in mind when you were younger?

I competed in show jumping while in high school and did several clinics with people who competed in show jumping in the Olympics. I would have had a spot with Greg Best after high school, but it just wasn't right.

Me: Wow, who would have thought? You have to be the most well-rounded person I've ever met. :) What movie and/or book are you looking forward to this year?

I can't wait for Miranda Kenneally's Catching Jordan, but I'm partial to YA contemporary . . .

Me: If you could have a signed copy of any novel what would it be and why?

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I would love it, breathe it in, sell it, and retire :D

Me: LOL. Just remember to share the wealth. And speaking of wealth, if you won one million dollars what is the first thing that you would buy?

I would buy our way out of my husband's law school debt. And you think I'm kidding . . .

Me: Ah, just wait. Soon you'll be a best-selling author and will have no need of Jane Austin's autograph. In the meantime, what do you do in your free time?

I don't understand the question - what is this "free time" you speak of??
Kidding.
I sew, I play the guitar, I force my kids to climb mountains with me, and go snowmachining at my parent's cabin.

Me: So what's a typical day like for you?

Wake up, check email, get kids ready for school, check email, run kids to school, check email, start a load of laundry, check email, clean kitchen, check email . . . you get the idea. It's one of the hazards of having multiple projects in multiple places. With any luck CFI will sign me for To Take This From You, and Want To Be sometime next year. Also look for The Happiness of Joy (at publishers now) and a book that will either be called Chasing Sky, Night Sky or My Senior Year goes something like this . . . it depends on the cover designer's take - I believe that will come out in Feb. Okay, I totally cheated and answered two questions in one question. I'm okay with this.

Me: Okay, wow. I have to refer back to the soon-to-be bestseller comment for this one. Now tell me, in your wildest dreams, which author would you love to co-author a book with?

Hmmm . . . good one . . . let me think . . . maybe Kaylee Baldwin and Rachael Anderson?? HA!!

Me: I completely agree! :) Now last, but certainly NOT least, what are your top 5 favorite quotes from The Next Door Boys?

Jolene's favorite five (that don't totally ruin the plot):

“When I realized I had no control… that was when everything changed. There are a lot of things I have control over, but there are a lot more things that I have no control over. When you’re no longer afraid of death, there are a lot of things you’re not afraid of anymore.” - Leigh

"I clasped my hands together in my lap and stared at them. My heart felt like it was being squeezed into parts. Teeny parts that I hoped I’d be able to put back together again. The thought that I did the same to him just made it even worse. I put my hands to my stomach as if it would somehow relax me or hold me together."

"I closed the door, leaned my back against the wall and took a few deep breaths. How had he made me feel that way? Made my heart jump and made me want to be closer to him? For most of the year he’d fit into a tidy box of other brother and protector. The lines suddenly felt all blurry and I didn’t know what to do next. Or if there was a “next.” Did I want to face him? Did I know what I wanted? Was there any chance of him feeling the change between us that I had?"

"My throat tightened, and I got tears in my eyes. It was their moment, not mine. I wouldn’t get to have this moment for myself. The pain of the realization hit me like an unseen force that felt like a brick wall."

"My stomach twisted in knots, not over what he said but the way he said it. The way he looked at me. Like I wasn’t his sister. I knew what he was going to say, or I knew some of what he was going to say. Once the words were out, there’d be no going back, no friendly - - - - - because things would be different. Could I give that up? What would it change?"

See? Told you you'd love her. You'll also love her book.

Again, simply leave a comment to win either a copy of The Next Door Boys or a $35 Amazon gift card. That easy. (Giveaway runs through Oct 20th)

76 comments:

  1. Thanks for the giveaway! I'd like to enter for the Amazon gift card :)

    email: cruz042 at csusm dot edu
    GFC: Arianne Cruz

    The way you described the book makes me wanna read it.

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  2. Thanks for the great giveaway!

    lisasworldofbooks@charter.net
    GFC Lisa McGeen

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  3. great giveaway
    follow via gfc
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  4. Oooh! Enter me! Either prize. I'm DYING to read Jolene's book.

    katelarkindale{at}gmail{dot}com

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  5. Thank you so much for the chance to win♥
    GFC: Jeanne
    Rathouska(dot)jana(at)gmail(dot)com

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  6. I'm so excited for this book! And the quotes are awesome.

    anxirium at yahoo dot com

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  7. Chocolate is always the right answer. Lovely interview, I especially loved the quotes from The Next Door Boys. =)

    Thanks for the super giveaway.

    Orchid
    The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia
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  8. Thank you for the giveaway!! This book sounds awesome! I love romance :)
    GFC Follower: Janae VanderWoude
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  9. Thanks for the giveaway!

    Valerie(at)stuckinbooks.com

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  10. The book sounds great.

    pixiepuff2006@yahoo.com

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  11. This is the first time I have heard about this book but I am adding it to my must-buy list right now. It looks awesome :) Thank you for the opportunity to win it!

    jaidahsmommy(at)comcast(dot)net

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  12. This book is already on my to-read list -- can't wait to read it!
    bgh@byu.net

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  13. Thanks for the great giveaway!
    GFC- audreyclair
    thebookanalyst[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  14. Thank you for the giveaway.

    jlynettes @ hotmail . com

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  15. This sounds really great! Thanks for a fun interview and giveaway.

    rebecca (at) irvinemail (dot) org

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  16. Thanks for the spotlight and giveaway!

    Vivien
    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

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  17. That interview was awesome! She sounds like someone that would be die-worthy to meet :) Sigh.

    I would LOVE LOVE to win this book! It sounds like my type of read, and the cover is beautiful! (I'm partial to those)!

    Thanks so much for the giveaway :) :) :) <- Triple smiley face see?

    lulu911@hotmail.ca

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  18. havent heard much about this! thanks for the heads up and giveaway :) very kind of you! count me in.

    Diana
    lovelygetaway@gmail.com

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  19. This is also the first time I've heard of this book. very generous giveaway.
    tlabunski **((gmail))**
    Pabkins @ Mission to Read

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  20. The book sounds really good! Thanks for the giveaway.

    Erin L.
    erinberry12 at charter dot net

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  21. There are some seriously awesome people who drop by here :D
    THANKS GUYS!!!

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  22. Thanks for the giveaway! I'd like to be entered for both please!

    mysticsandmoonbeams(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  23. I absolutely loved the interview!! It was funny! I'd love to read Jolene's book it sounds amazing and I really want to hear more about this yummy Brian she speaks of ;)!!! Thanks for the giveaway!!!!
    temarasheppard(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  24. Thank you for the giveaways. Your book sounds great. I think my niece would maybe even read this one (they do not take after me, I am never without a book, they never want to read). :D

    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

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  25. I do love a book with "loads of heart" & I need to know more about Moose Tracks.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  26. My favorite ice cream is Moose Tracks too! Why? Because my favorite candy is Peanut Butter Cups and Moose Tracks has mini p-nut butter cups in it. Oh, and the fudge is great too!

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  27. Love the "free time" response. Sounds like a wonderful read, would love to win either.
    Thanks.
    cjwallace43 at gmail dot com

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  28. Thank you for the giveaway! Count me in for either prize! :)

    Such a great interview, she seems to be so fun. I love the Carnation instant breakfasts and used to drink them all the time when I was younger! (of course the chocolate kind!)

    breakkanamexd[at]aol[dot]com

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  29. loved the interviews and would really love to read the book!!!

    aliasgirl at libero dot it

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  30. I love the book, the cover and the story looks interesting to me. Its everything I want. I'd like to win either prize. And thanks for this amazing giveaway and for making it Intl.

    -Riz B.

    clarissa(dot)bulatao@yahoo(dot)com

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  31. Thank you for the awesome giveaway,looks like an awesome book! edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom

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  32. Thanks for the chance!

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  33. Sounds really good:)
    Thank you for the giveaway!!
    GFC//Temprance
    elliott2668(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  34. This sounds like a great story! I'm sure I would enjoy it! Thank you for the giveaway!
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  35. I can tell this book will be right up my alley. I LOVE yummy! :) Thanks for the chance to win.

    Aimee
    brandonaimee AT gmail DOT com

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  36. The Next Door Boys sounds great and I loved the mini interview! Thanks for the giveaway!

    junegirl63(at)gmail(dot)com

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  37. Thanks for the interview and the chance to win.
    mce1011 AT aol DOT com

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  38. Love the interview. :) Such a charismatic person! I haven't read anything my her yet, but I really want to! Thanks for the chance to win!

    Karaliene24[@]gmail[.]com

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  39. Thanks for giving us all a chance to win this. Sounds like a good book.

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  40. The book is so good, reading it now! Thanks for the give away! Great contest. holtmin@yahoo.com

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  41. Great interview! I read it all, word for word! My hubby love Moose Tracks too, I'm a coffee ice cream person myself.
    I have never heard of oatmeal pancakes! but they sound really good!

    Please enter me in your awesome giveaway!!!
    forevereading at gmail dot com

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  42. Great interview. Fun questions! :-)
    I have one ony my blog, too (+ giveaway)
    Stop by if you get the chance:
    _yay_ @ BookthatThing!
    Added The Next Door Boys to my to-read list on Goodreads.

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  43. Book looks great! Thanks for the giveaway!

    andrea2russia@hotmail.com

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  44. Thanks for the super giveaway. Cheryl cjabdelnour@hotmail.com

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  45. Loved the interview. Got to know a little about Jolene. The 5 fave quotes got me interested in the book. Thanks for the chance to win.

    reneebennett35 at yahoo dot com

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  46. I TOO WOULD LOVE TO WIN AS I MARRIED SCROOGE, A MAN WHO'S NOT READ IN 20 YEARS AND SAYS BOOKS ARE A WASTE OF GOOD MONEY! LOL

    lindarb49@hotmail.com

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  47. This book is amazing! I am buying it for some Christmas presents this year. I love Jolene. She is so REAL! It's awesome. I love this interview. So fun!

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  48. Sounds great! I'd love to win. :)
    adsanders77 at gmail dot com

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  49. If it's international please count me in :)

    quixoticdreamer(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  50. Awesome interview. Enjoy getting to know Jolene.
    I'm a follower on GFC-Lisa Richards
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  51. LOL This interview was awesome!And who don't wanna met Brian?!!
    Thnks 4 the giveaway.
    majo.vr92[at]gmail[dot]com

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  52. Great interview! Thanks for the giveaway!

    Mary
    mary_reiss @ hotmail.com

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  53. Please enter me if the giveaway is open worldwide. I would love to win the $35 Amazon gift card! :)

    Thanks so much!

    Sabina
    sabina(dot)dezman(at)gmail(dot)com

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  54. This sounds adorable, I'd love to win, thanks!

    kpuleski at gmail dot com

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  55. Such a great interview!
    Such a great giveaway!
    Blessings to you,
    Charlotte Kay
    charlovesmark at gmail dot com

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  56. This looks sweet. Thanks for the giveaway. great interview too by the way.

    Nayjf(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  57. Fun giveaway! I'd love to win. :)
    I'm reviewing your book on my blog today!

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  58. Sounds like a great book! Thanks for the fun interview!

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  59. I'm excited to read this! Love the look of the cover. Wibb6@yahoo.com

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  60. Great Giveaway
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  61. Sounds like a great book. I really enjoyed the interview. Thanks for the chance to win the book or the gift card.
    sstrode at scrtc dot com

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  62. Please enter me in the draw, and thanks for the giveaway!

    darlenesbooknook at gmail dot com
    GFC Darlene

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  63. I would likel be buying a copy of my own! edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom

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  64. Sounds like a great book! I'm happy to have found your blog. I'm following you now. =) I have a clean teen fiction blog if you want to check it out.
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  65. sounds like a great read! thank you for sharing! id love to read this. thank you!
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  66. Oooh! Thanks for the chance! Honestly, I'd love to win either one! :D

    x
    Sierra(:
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  67. I love how The Next Door Boys sounds. It's totally my type.

    aikychien at yahoo dot com

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  68. The Next Door Boys sounds so interesting - can't wait to read it! Enjoyed the interview - thanks for the chance to win.

    GFC: Karen C
    kacbooks(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  69. Thanks for the great giveaway. bkhabel--at--gmail--dot--com

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  70. I love it when i learn new things about authors. the book sounds really good!

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  71. Can't wait to read this one! It's been on my tbr list for a while!

    emilykaiser24(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

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  72. Sounds like a great read! Thanks for the chance.

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  73. I would LOVE to win a copy of this book! (I'd be happy with the gift card too! :)

    Thanks for the chance!

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

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  74. Great giveaway, thanks for the chance!

    unforgetable_dreamer_always (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  75. This books sounds great!
    Cathy
    boriquaprincess@hotmail.com

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