You can find the following titles on AMAZON and BARNES AND NOBLE.
THE awful wonderful STORY OF US
Act strong. Feel strong. Be strong.
Are the words that London chants to herself to get through the day. She lives in a house where rules are inforced with fists, and drugs change hands in a near steady flow.
Cole uses his carefully placed camouflage of studious athlete to cover up a past he wishes he could erase, constantly counting down to keep himself in check. At school he pretends. At home, he hides.
The two have a friendship based on an unspoken knowledge of past and present secrets. But when London’s dad sends her to the hospital, and Cole’s stepmom has the backstory, Cole steals the chance to help a friend.
Running away together feels like the perfect plan to keep London safe, but with Cole’s stepmother working on an investigation against London’s father, the two are being attacked from all sides.
Soon, it might not be a matter of fighting to stay together, but fighting to stay alive.
Coming September 1, 2018
ALL THE FOREVER THINGS
Every day is a funeral (because Gabe’s family runs a funeral home). Every day Gabe gets her life saved by Bree, and vice-versa (because that’s how it is with best friends). And that’s how it’s always been. Until now…
Nothing is forever. Gabe knows that more than most girls. After all, she lives in a funeral home (it’s the family business), and she gets that everything in the world dies eventually–people, rumors, fashion trends, the nickname “Graveyard Gabe.” But her best friend, Bree, has been a constant in her life; it’s always been the two of them together. Until Bree starts seeing a guy who stands for everything Gabe thought they were against.
Gabe doesn’t know who her friend is anymore. And the only person who seems to have time for her is Hartman, the new guy, who is somehow not weirded out by the funeral home stuff (well, maybe a little). Still, Gabe doesn’t want to lose her mind over a guy the way Bree has, so she holds back.
But a very strange prom night (in the family hearse) will change what Gabe knows about friendship, love, life, and everything that comes after–forever and otherwise.
**ALL THE FOREVER THINGS was a Whitney Award finalist in 2017
LOVE BLIND with the amazing CHRISTA DESIR
Shy high schooler Kyle Jamieson and Hailey Bosler, a musician with degenerative blindness, team up to tackle a bucket list of greatest fears in this compelling novel that explores what it means to take risks.
“In chapters alternating between their POVs, both step outside their comfort zones, taking chances, fumbling in lust, and becoming friends in the process. But will they ever take the ultimate risk, letting their friendship turn into something more?” – Jennifer Barnes Booklist
“Hailey is confident, stubborn, and funny and isn’t afraid to show her sassy side. Meanwhile, Kyle is shy and awkward. The authors combine perfect pacing with spot-on character development that will leave readers empathizing with the characters from the very beginning. The plot takes several unexpected turns; it hits hard, exploring issues such as depression, loss of virginity, and homosexuality. VERDICT For fans of Sophie Kinsella’s Finding Audrey (Delacorte) and Jennifer Niven’s All the Bright Places (Knopf, both 2015)” – Erin Holt SLJ
To learn more about LOVE BLIND, including pictures and inspiration, CLICK HERE.
HAS TO BE LOVE
“This book breathlessly captures that adolescent moment of being torn between an old life and the possibility of the new as well as romance and the dangers and exhilarations of physical contact. There is a persistent thread of Mormon faith throughout the book, but Perry integrates it with a light touch that reads as integral to the characterizations rather than an attempt at evangelizing. The characters are well developed and engaging, occasionally falling into familiar tropes (the forbidden older lover being one), but are well drawn and likable enough to overcome that. While the Alaskan setting is true to life, even that pales compared to the authentic, dynamically portrayed interior setting: a senior year in high school and all the transitions that entails. What at first glance appears to be a romance novel featuring a stock girl character with two love interests is revealed to be much more mutilayered coming-of-age tale about finding one’s own way in the world.” – Elizabeth Nicolai for SLJ
To read more about HAS TO BE LOVE, click HERE.
**HAS TO BE LOVE was a Whitney Award finalist in 2015
THE SUMMER I FOUND YOU
“Through realistic dialogue, believable scenarios, and candid reflections, this story offers insight on both the personal trauma of a young, wounded warrior and the multiple challenges of teen diabetes. Despite disparities in age (two years), emotional maturity, and life experience, Kate and Aiden’s developing relationship rings true. In addition to their intense physical attraction (including one night of protected sex), they share humor, the support of family and friends, increasing self-awareness and understanding of others, and a climactic break that prompts each of them to thoughtfully address their futures.” —Gerry Larson, formerly at Durham School of the Arts, NC for SLJ
“The book delivers a strong message about the impact of life-changing events, along with one of love and hope through the strong characterization.” -Children’s Literature – Annie Laura Smith
To learn more about THE SUMMER I FOUND YOU, including my research with the American Diabetes Association and The Wounded Warrior Project, CLICK HERE.
STRONGER THAN YOU KNOW
“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
“While the subject matter is tough, this realistic title will draw teens in with its believable characters, including the well-written portrayal of the adult protagonists.” —School Library Journal
“Perry’s descriptions of Joy’s intense turmoil are vivid . . . A moving survival story.” —Booklist
To read more about STRONGER THAN YOU KNOW, including the real life story Joy’s life was based on, CLICK HERE.
** This book has been used in multiple juvenile detention centers, and continues to remain on library lists for books that deal with abuse, anxiety, and depression.
OUT OF PLAY
Rock star drummer Bishop Riley just needs a few months to relax and detox before his band’s next tour. But the last place he expected to do it is in Seldon, Alaska. And the last person he wants to do it with is Penny Jones.
Fiery, headstrong Penny has zero in common with the cocky, too-hot-for-his-own-good Bishop, and she’d like to keep it that way. But the more Bishop gets under her skin, the more she wants to let him in. And the more Penny lets him see, the more Bishop wants to know this stubborn girl with the killer body and soulful eyes.
The simmering heat between them won’t go away, no matter how hard either of them tries. Their time together in Alaska may be running out—but so is their resolve for not taking a chance on love.
For more about OUT OF PLAY, CLICK HERE.
WHAT A KISS IS
Antony loves his life in New York. He loves living with his mother and wearing designer clothes. He loves his private tutors for home school. It’s practically necessary since his mom travels the world as a reporter for NBC.
When an assignment overseas gives her the opportunity of a lifetime, she sees it as a chance for Antony to get to know his dad – a guy strange enough to live on a boat. Near dreary Seattle. Antony’s sure that the next few months will feel like a lifetime. He and his dad can’t even fill up a five minute conversation on his birthday call.
When he meets Amber, the girl from five boats down, his prospects perk up, but when it becomes very clear, very fast, that all she’s after is friendship, Antony wonders if he’ll survive the next three months.
He is absolutely. Completely. Totally. Displaced.
And then tragedy hits.
What A Kiss Is, is a novel about love, loss, and figuring out what’s actually important.
A broken heart. A best friend. A first love.
Shawn is the guy Ronnie Bird promised her life to at the age of fourteen. He’s her soul mate. He’s more uptight every day, but it’s not his fault. His family life is stressful, and she’s adding to it. She just needs to be more understanding, and he’ll start to be the boy she fell in love with. She won’t give up on someone she’s loved for so long.
Luke is her best friend, and the guy she hangs with to watch girlie movies in her large blanketopias. He’s the guy she can confide in before she even goes to her girlfriends, and the guy who she’s playing opposite in Romeo and Juliet. Now her chest flutters every time he gets too close. This is new. Is Ronnie falling for him? Or is Juliet? The lines are getting blurry, but leaving one guy for another is not something that a girl like Ronnie does.
Shawn’s outbursts are starting to give her bruises, and Luke’s heart breaks as Ronnie remains torn. While her thoughts and feelings swirl around the lines between friendship and forever, she’s about to lose them both.