Tuesday, October 12, 2010

THE PERFECT BLEND, a new novel by Trish Perry

from The Tea Shop Series

The Perfect Blend
TRISH PERRY writes about. . . 
True Love. Real Laughs. Pure Fiction.

 A little about The Perfect Blend: 

Steph Vandergrift left everything to elope with Middleburg attorney Rick Manfred, who then stood her up at the altar. Too embarrassed to return home, Steph hopes to earn enough to get by until she can decide what to do next. Tea Shop owner Milly Jewel hires her and appreciates the extra help at the tea shop. 

Also appreciative of Steph is Kendall James, one of the kindest, most eligible bachelors in the area. But by the time Steph feels able to consider dating again, her run-away fiancé returns and tries to win her back. Steph is wary, but she and Rick always blended so well.  
Christie Burnham, the frank-talking equestrian from whom Steph rents a room, and her frillier sister Liz become fast friends and confidantes to Steph. Between the two sisters, there isn't much any man is going to pull over on Middleburg's newest bachelorette and tea shop employee.

What a thrill to start a new series! These new characters and stories are set in one of my favorite places ever. Middleburg, Virginia retains much of its historic flavor, with its old stone houses, elegant estates, rural farms, and small-town friendliness.

Milly Ashford Jewell, owner of Milly's Tea Shop, listens, observes, and occasionally advises the heroes and heroines of these stories. Milly has lived both frugal and extravagant lifestyles, so she attracts, and empathizes with, people from all walks of life. Each group of people that gathers at Milly's tea shop undergoes some kind of change. Is it the tea shop? Is it Milly? Or is it something beyond simple understanding?


"Perry (Sunset Beach) entertains and gently inspires in this first of the Tea Shop series, a cozy tale about love lost and found. . . Perry takes what could be a glib, weightless tale and makes her own blend work." Publishers Weekly

"Author Trish Perry creates the perfect blend of characters in this funny romance. . . Women will enjoy this lighthearted read, while remembering we all crave acceptance and God gives it--unconditionally." CBA Retailers & Resources

"With its three-dimensional characters and a quaint setting, this series debut by the author of Sunset Beach and Beach Dreams, which both won state RWA Awards, is certain to earn Perry new fans." Library Journal

A little about Trish Perry: 

Trish Perry
Award-winning novelist Trish Perry has written The Perfect Blend (2010), Sunset Beach (2009), Beach Dreams (2008), Too Good to Be True (2007), and The Guy I’m Not Dating (2006), all for Harvest House Publishers. Her monthly column, “Real Life is Stranger,” appeared in Christian Fiction Online Magazine during its inaugural year. She was editor of Ink and the Spirit, the newsletter of Washington D.C.’s Capital Christian Writers organization (CCW), for seven years. Before her novels, Perry published numerous short stories, essays, devotionals, and poetry in Christian and general market media. She will release several new books in 2011. 

Perry holds a B.A. in Psychology, was a 1980s stockbroker, and held positions at the Securities and Exchange Commission and in several Washington law firms. She serves on the Board of Directors of CCW and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America.

From Trish: “I started writing seriously about sixteen years ago. Up until then I thought I had finally figured out what I wanted to do when I grew up: I went back to school and got a degree in Psychology. I was drawn to how our minds and emotions work. But while writing for my classes, I found myself drawn to how we relate to one another's minds and emotions.

Hey, guess what? That's what stories and novels are all about (good ones, anyway)!

I started writing short stories—pretty bad ones. And I started taking creative writing courses to round out my degree. So I was in classes full of people just like me—lousy writers. But we were learning!

Then the Lord led me to a local writers' group, Capital Christian Writers, and the contacts and friends I made through CCW enriched my personal life and my writing life more than I can measure. Through CCW and through reading just about every book and magazine ever published by Writer's Digest, I started catching on. 

Now I'm writing full time and man oh man do I love it.
Before the writing began, I worked for attorneys in Washington, D. C. I worked for the Securities and Exchange Commission. And I was a stockbroker. A horrible stockbroker. How do people do that? Take responsibility for other people's financial futures? Yikes. I'm perfectly happy to take responsibility for the amount of time any one person wants to spend reading my books. If you enjoy the experience, then know that we both enjoyed it together. I love that about books.

In the midst of all that fretting over other people's money and writing about other people's lives, I racked up a few personal experiences myself. Some good, some bad, but all part of God's plan. Now I live in Northern Virginia with my brilliantly funny son. I have a savvy, gorgeous grown daughter, a charming son-in-law, and an amazing grandson.”

Trish invites you to visit her at www.trishperry.com


csthankful said...

I have not read anything by Trish before, but after reading this post I am looking forward to doing so now. THanks for giving us an opportunity to have a taste of her writing.

Janet Bly said...

Connie Sue: Glad you got a chance to read this post. Thanks for stopping by.