Friday, April 18, 2014

Book Cover for Sale - Music City

I totally prefer doing custom book covers so I can craft them to specifically fit your story, but I thought I would throw a pre-made out there for fun. Who knows? It might fit someone’s WIP… or even inspire one!


$30 for an e-book (customized title, tag line, author name)
$40 for a paperback (customized title, tag line, author name, back cover, and spine; can also be used for your e-book version) 
If this looks like the book cover for you, leave me a comment and be sure to include your email address (I won't publish it)! I’ll mark this as sold when it’s no longer available.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

A Little Blog Excuse

Yes, I've been a bit absent from my blog. But it's for the best reason! Meet Liam Valiant, born February 19th.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

I LOVE This New Book for Girls


A Review of "Family Reunion" by Kelsey Bryant (Buy from Amazon)

Every word, every moment matters … Welcome to the Austin Family Reunion! 14-year-old Marielle Austin’s parents and grandparents are hosting family for a week in the Texas hill country, and Marielle’s five girl cousins are staying at her house. Emma and Caroline are her best friends – like her, they’re homeschooled and passionate about the Lord, the past, and books. Abby, Kailey, and Reanna are from Wisconsin and just as far away in background and interests – what’s hot in the world now is what matters to them. Grandpa Will Austin has devised a series of projects for the six of them to complete. There’s a shed to fix up, a missionary to interview, and a trail of clues to solve, leading to a treasure. If they finish by the end of the week and work together with love and understanding, they’ll earn a prize beyond anything they could imagine! But difficulties surface right away. Bad attitudes and work ethics seem all Abby, Kailey, and Reanna can offer. Marielle, Emma, and Caroline are at a loss – what can they do to push the projects through? And more importantly, what can they do about their cousins, who won’t welcome their friendship? How can they show love when it’s hard even to feel it? Will the mysterious prize slip away, and with it any chance of relationship? This book, recommended for ages 12 and up, helps instill the importance of loving others, understanding differences between people, and focusing on what we have in common. Small things matter and every day counts when it comes to building good relationships. (Description from Amazon)

When I first heard about this book, I was pretty sure I'd found a gem. Then, when I won a copy from a Homeschool Authors giveaway and began reading it, I knew for a fact I had found a rare gem.

What do I love so much about "Family Reunion"?
  • It's a story set in a very normal world--just regular, everyday drama, folks!
  • It's set in a family--hurrah for families!
  • It's well written--you won't find self-pubbed syndrome here!
  • It's full of realistically growing characters--get ready for conviction right along with them!
  • It's safe to hand to a girl of any age--in my ever-so-humble opinion.
  • It's full of relatable feelings, struggles, and triumphs--and that's even coming from a 22-year-old!
It is so difficult to find a decent "girl book" without a mega-dose of feminism, attitude, boy-craziness, and overly dramatic situations. Well, "Family Reunion" is far beyond just decent, it's downright uplifting. Though the protagonists do struggle with their attitudes and motives, they struggle with them in a thoroughly Christian way. The arcs of their struggles are so real, so similar to what I experience in my own life. I love this. 

I really enjoyed the characters of their grandparents, and the varying dynamics between all the extended family members. The girls were delightfully written; their relationship so sisterly and sweet. I appreciated the way they could look at life both poetically and realistically without stereotypical teen-girl drama.

All-in-all, I completely, entirely, hands-down recommend this book. I wish everyone would read it, and I wish the author (and others out there) would write a gazillion more with as high a standard of excellence!

Run along, now and get a copy! Shoo!



Disclaimer: I was not paid to write this review; all thoughts are mine and 100% honest. As always, I recommend that parents pre-read all books according to their family's standards before allowing their children to read them.


Sunday, January 26, 2014

The Two Gifts I Most Enjoyed Giving

At my "ever-so-terribly advanced" age, I tend to find giving more exciting than receiving when it comes to birthdays and Christmas. I thought I'd share with you the two gifts I enjoyed giving the most and how you can make them yourself if you like.

Gift #1: A Very Weird Custom Coffee Mug

I have a sister who is known for loving to use the word "weird." It's not surprising to hear her comment, "That's weird!" about anything from a corny joke to--well--just about anything else.

I kept this penchant for "weird" in mind when designing her mug. I free-handed the abstract swirly design seen above on one side of the mug, and on the other side...
"Some are born weird, Some achieve it, Others have weirdness thrust upon them."
She loved it. :)

(Click pictures to enlarge)

This gift was super easy to make, and I found it rather addictive. (Watch out dollar store and Goodwill; I just might buy up all your mugs...)

Here's how I did it:
I bought...
A plain white mug at Goodwill
A black, extra fine point Sharpie Paint Pen (these oil-based Sharpies come in a ton of colors and tip sizes)

1. I washed the mug in hot water and dish soap. Then I dried it, sprayed some glass cleaner on a paper towel, and gave it a good wipe-down with that. The reason for this is I didn't want oils from my hands coating the surface to cause the paint not to stick well. After this, I was careful to only touch parts that weren't going to have any paint designs (the handle, top edge, and bottom edge).

2. I free-handed the abstract swirls on the back of the mug--that was fun! I did one part I didn't like, so I used a Q-tip dipped in nail polish remover to "erase" it. I was then able to dab the area dry with a scrap of paper towel and try again. Worked like a charm!

3. Next, I used thin strips of masking tape to give myself a guide to keep the lines of text straight. Then wrote my goofy little saying! Again, I did a little clean-up with a Q-tip when I was done.

4. I signed my initials and the year on the bottom of the mug and then set it on the counter to dry for about 24 hours. After letting it dry, I turned the mug upside-down onto the oven rack, and THEN turned the oven on to 400. Letting the mug and the oven warm up and cool down together keeps the mug from cracking due to temperature extremes. After about 30 minutes, I turned the oven off and let everything cool down.

I would guess that this mug should be handwashed, not put in the dishwasher. Also, since I'm certain Sharpie paint isn't good for you, I would only draw on parts of the mug that will not come in contact with your drink or your mouth.


Gift #2: A Manly Cowl



My husband loves to go jogging, but this winter the cold wind on his face and in his lungs was causing some trouble. He tried winding a scarf around his face, but it never stayed in place with all the movement. I decided he needed a cowl—and not a drapey, girly one, either. He needed something that would stay snugly around his mouth and nose, keep him warm, and look awesome.

The “Jogger” Manly Cowl reachs from inside the collar of his coat, all the way to his nose and ears when needed, and can be folded down to look like a luxurious turtle-neck at other times.

And with the wide ribbing, it's manly.
Definitely manly.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Announcing: Short Story Contest!

Cross post from www.yourstorycentral.com...



Who: The contest is open to writers of all ages, published or unpublished, and will be judged in two categories: "Under 15" and "16 to Adult." (U.S. residents only.)

What: We want to read your original, previously unpublished Short, Christian, Family-Fiction written between now and April 2nd! Keep it between 1,000 and 2,500 words, and be sure to read our content guidelines here since I'll be judging by those standards. Other things I'll take into consideration include general good writing practices, spelling, punctuation, sentence structure, understandability, etc.

When: Starting now and ending midnight, April 2nd.

Where: You can find all the fun here at www.yourstorycentral.com and by following @perryelisabeth1's hashtag #ysccontest on Twitter.

Why: Two VERY important reasons. One, there are lots of you out there who have a gift for writing, and I want to encourage you and give you an opportunity to share your work. And, two, I'm due to have our second baby very soon, so I will be on "vacation" from managing the normal posting schedule.

How: It's pretty simple, really. Check out our content guidelines, think of an idea, write it up, polish and edit, and submit it here before midnight, April 2nd. That's all there is to it!

Wait! There are PRIZES!!
There will be one winner for each age category; each will receive a $10 Amazon gift certificate and special journal/notebook. The winning stories will be posted on Your Story Central for everyone to enjoy. Stories that are runners-up and honorable mentions will also be shared as scheduling permits!

If you have any further questions, feel free to contact me via one of the methods in the dropdown menu above.

Photo credit: Wooden texture by humusak2/sxc.hu | Design by Perry Elisabeth.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Top 10 Ways to Be an Ornery Author

It seems like authors have been stereotyped (apologies to those who handwrite their drafts... make that stereowritten). If you're feeling ornery about that, here are some tips to help...
  1. Don't be a self-proclaimed coffee addict. (Come on, water fans!!)
  2. Write something in a genre no one else is.
  3. Write a happy story.
  4. Try to avoid words like "dreamer" and "scribbling" in your bio. (Everybody uses those!)
  5. Admit that washing dishes is part of your life...
...Read the rest at http://word-painters.blogspot.com!