YOUNG ADULT – Jolene Perry (no, this one is not a pen name)
These are books you might find in bookstores, and my traditionally published titles
(for the most part).
Stronger Than You Know - YA – Albert Whitman Teen – Fall 2014
“Perry deftly avoids the problem-novel label thanks to complex characters and a well-structured plot. Joy’s story is very affecting, and her voice is suitably self-effacing without being ostentatious; most readers will be engrossed.” –Kirkus Reviews
After police intervention, fifteen-year-old Joy has finally escaped the trailer where she once lived with her mother and survived years of confinement and abuse. Now living with her aunt, uncle, and cousins in a comfortable house, she’s sure she’ll never belong. Wracked by panic attacks, afraid to talk to anyone at her new school, Joy’s got a whole list of reasons why she’s crazy. With immense courage, Joy finds friends and grows closer to her new family. But just when hope is taking hold, she learns she must testify in her mother’s trial. Can she face her old life without losing her way in the new one? Will she ever truly belong in a world that seems too normal to be real?
For more on this story, go HERE.
The Summer I Found You – YA – Albert Whitman Teen Spring 2014
“Kate and Aidan’s relationship provides them with the opportunity to be honest with each other and themselves about their respective challenges, as well as an antidote to their emotional pain. Perry candidly describes their conflicted feelings, the loneliness of having a perceived disability, and the power of mutual encouragement.” – Publishers Weekly
Kate’s dream boyfriend has just broken up with her and she’s still reeling from her diagnosis of type 1 diabetes.
Aidan planned on being a lifer in the army and went to Afghanistan straight out of high school. Now he’s a disabled young veteran struggling to embrace his new life.
When Kate and Aidan find each other neither one wants to get attached. But could they be right for each other after all?
Out of Play – YA – Entangled Teen/Macmillan with Nyrae Dawn Fall 2013
“Romantic, sexy, funny, and tragic. Out of PLay is a must read…and a must reread.” - Cassie Mae
Rock star drummer Bishop Riley doesn’t have a drug problem. Celebrities—especially ones suffering from anxiety—just need a little help taking the edge off sometimes. After downing a few too many pills, Bishop wakes up in the hospital facing an intervention. If he wants to stay in the band, he’ll have to detox while under house arrest in Seldon, Alaska. Hockey player Penny Jones can’t imagine a life outside of Seldon. Though she has tons of scholarship offers to all the best schools, the last thing she wants is to leave. Who’ll take care of her absentminded gramps? Not her mother, who can’t even be bothered to come home from work, let alone deal with their new tenants next door. Penny’s not interested in dealing with Bishop’s crappy attitude, and Bishop’s too busy sneaking pills to care. Until he starts hanging out with Gramps and begins to see what he’s been missing. If Bishop wants a chance with the fiery girl next door, he’ll have to admit he has a problem and kick it. Too bad addiction is hard to kick…and Bishop’s about to run out of time.
Dizzy - YA – self published with Nyrae Dawn Fall 2012
Dylan doesn’t do relationships. He and his older brother watched their dad go through hell and back, so they made a pact years ago—no girl would come between the Gibson boys. But his brother sells out. He’s getting married anyway. To the sister of a chick Dylan met at a party, who’s probably the angriest girl he’s ever met. Unfortunately, she happens to be hot, too.
Ziah’s life is upside down—her safe boyfriend turns out to be not-so-safe, and now her sister is getting married before college is over to the older brother of a spoiled, party boy who drives her crazy. And also makes her heart beat too fast.
There’s no denying the attraction, but there’s also no denying how much they irritate each other. When they’re thrown together as forced wedding planners, they find an ally in each other–neither wants this wedding to happen.
But instead of putting a stop to the crazy nuptials they find themselves at fittings and cake testing. And maybe even…a few dates?
Dizzy is a novel about what happens when two people who are determined not to fall in love, maybe do anyway. Maybe.
FIRST LOVES – YA – 3 backlisted titles in one ebook – KNEE DEEP, NIGHT SKY, and SPILL OVER as well as companion short stories for each.
The Shadows Trilogy – YA paranormal – Winter 2012-2013 (on Wattpad, which means FREE)
Has To Be Love – YA – Albert Whitman Teen - Fall 2015
Love Blind – YA – Simon Pulse – Spring 2016
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