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The Summer I Found You

September 14, 2013 by Suzi

 
In honor of Jolene Perry’s birthday AND the cover reveal for one of her books-The Summer I Found You, I’m going to tell you about the summer I found/met Jo. (Then you can see the cover.)
 
I was salmon fishing in the Mat-Su Valley in Alaska. (For those of you who don’t know, that’s short for Matanuska Susitna Valley, and it’s got some of the best salmon fishing in state. So I was fighting this gigantic King Salmon on the Little Susitna River, and the damn thing jerked me out of the boat. I about froze to death in the cold water because although June is summer everywhere else in the US, in Alaska, it’s not so hot.
 
So anyways, we got back to camp (without the salmon), and I got dressed in warm clothes and decided to go for a walk. I was heading down the trail when all of a sudden I spotted a huge bear in front of me with that I-want-to-eat-you-for-dinner look on his (or her—I didn’t know) face. For the second time that day, I froze. Except this time it was in my tracks.
 
“Duck,” a voice yelled from behind me, and I dropped to my knees. *Crack!* Something whizzed over my head, and ¼ of a second later, the bear dropped to the ground.
 
Long story not so short—I turned around and found a woman holding a mean looking rifle. She introduced herself as Jolene Perry, we went out for coffee (she had coffee, I had a quadruple Jack Daniels on the rocks), and I went home with some bear meat and the coolest bear skin rug ever. Cause Jo has six of them already in her house, just like every other Alaskan family.
 
Okay. So maybe that didn’t happen, but the real story is a little boring. You know a friend of a friend type thing, stalking her blog, asking her to be a part of The Big Reveal. And Voila—here I get to be a part of another of her cover reveals.
 
But now back to the point of this post: HAPPY BIRTHDAY JO!!!!!
 
And here it is: The Summer I Found You by Jolene Perry
 
Beautiful, isn’t it? Definitely one I’d pick up on the cover alone.
 
Blurb: A teenage girl trying to cope with her new diagnosis of type one diabetes and a teenage male veteran is learning how to embrace his new life after losing an arm come together by using each other as an escape, only to discover through love and struggle that your life is what you make of it.

 
Expected publication date: March 1, 2014. To find this book, you can go here-Goodreads, here-Amazon, and here-B&N.
 
Jolene’s all over the place, but here’s a few specific sites where you can find her.
Twitter | Blog
 
So congratulations on this newest release Jo and Happy Birthday!


6 Comments »

  1. LOL, I love the fake story. And that’s a great anecdote even when you get to read the real version. :)

    Congrats to her!

  2. Happy Birthday to Jo (though I don’t know her).

    My mother is from Alaska, so we used to visit my grandparents there. Bears walking through the yard, and moose–my grandmother would get angry because they’d eat her lilacs. Definitely an interesting place.

  3. Jolene says:

    BEST. MEETING. STORY. EVER.

    THANK YOU!!!!

  4. Congrats Jolene! The funny part about your story Suzi is I kept going back and forth about whether or not it was true….That’s sad I admit that, isn’t it? *Must get more sleep* ;)

  5. i was reading that big ol’ lie like seriously??? you had me!!

  6. I love the cover. Great fake story, too.

    Happy belated birthday to Jolene.

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