Friday, March 04, 2016

LoRee Peery’s Writing Journey & a New Book!

An author is often asked if she had always wanted to be a writer. No, but I’ve always been a reader. I began writing years ago with short romances, and submitted them to popular magazines. They were nothing more than rough first drafts, so awful. Somewhere deep inside I wanted to see my byline on a book cover. I went on a quest to learn all I could about writing. It was quite satisfying to have nonfiction published in academic journals and anthologies, but my deep desire was to publish a romance.

Since 2005 I’ve kept a daily writing journal. Oh, how the Lord has blessed me. Often I think of “For such a time as this” from the book of Esther. No time is right unless it’s God’s time. And, I needed to be right with the Lord before He granted the desire of my heart to become published.

I’m the oldest of seven. Our lives have been affected (I’ve heard “ruined” used a time or ten) by the unsolved homicide of our father. Early on, I refused to consider myself a surviving victim. I decided I would rise above that blow as an overcomer, a word that feeds my subconscious.

My first novel (which will remain stored) resulted from a Writer’s Digest class. I submitted lessons via snail mail and waited for critique comments the same way. In that story, my heroine found her father’s killer. I finished that story and kept writing. But I didn’t forget that heroine’s objective.

I’d completed five manuscripts before I received The Call. Moselle’s Insurance had been rejected by five agents, but feedback led me to believe I was close to acceptance. I had never considered going the route of an online publisher until I personally met with an editor. She represented White Rose Publishing, affiliated with another publisher at that time. She invited me to submit.

The story was rejected twice by White Rose editors, with the invitation to resubmit. I was devastated by the second, very detailed letter of rejection. I quit writing until the end of that year. At retreat in January of 2010, writing friends encouraged me to reconsider that letter from the editor as the “Best kind of rejection.”

So I prayed, went through the editor’s comments, and took everything she’d addressed to heart. I agreed with her, revised by cutting several thousand words, and resubmitted. Moselle’s story was accepted in less than a week that April. I received the contract on my birthday.

Moselle’s Insurance was released almost six years ago. I’ve had nine more novels and novellas published with White Rose Publishing, a Pelican Book Group imprint. 


My journey continues as I have several projects in various stages. I hope to always keep an open mind in order to learn and grow. The greatest love story ever told is the Bible. I’ve personally struggled with many issues, and hurt while watching family members go through trials, that I want to show how God paves the way. Our destiny in Him is happily ever after, the same ending that epitomizes romance novels.

Another dream has come true. Touches of Time is hot off the press, as the saying used to go, based on my father’s murder. Here’s the blurb:

      A decades-old unsolved homicide.
      A grieving single mother-to-be.
      A cold-case investigator.

Sarah Bishop goes through her deceased mother’s belongings and becomes immersed in the details of her grandfather’s unsolved homicide. Determined to find who was responsible, for the sake of her unborn baby, Sarah vows to seek out the answers her mother had failed to find.

Cold Case Investigator Ford Melcher is intrigued by Sarah’s dogged drive to solve the old mystery. His current case has reached a frustrating dead end, but he comes to believe it is somehow linked to Sarah’s quest. His desire to protect her from further hurt is put to the test, especially when he has secrets he’d rather not disclose.

Answers could remain elusive as to who struck Sarah’s grandfather and left him in a ditch. Will the search for those answers open doors for her to discover the life God planned? Can she accept that plan if it includes a man who wasn’t forthright with information?

LoRee Peery is an inspirational romance author who strives to remember the Lord’s redeeming grace each day when she surveys her sense of place in Him and where He has placed her. She is the author of the Frivolities Series. 

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Tuesday, March 01, 2016

You're Not You, Hilary Swank & Emmy Rossum

I'm not posting the trailer for You're Not You, but this interview does touch on what the story is about. I'm not really even recommending this movie, because we're each so different in our reactions, and I don't want you to hate me for selling you on it. I will say I'm a Hilary Swank fan, so my opinion may be slanted. I think she's an incredible actress who has done amazing performances in her career. One of my all-time favorite movies is Iron-Jawed Angels and I love P.S. I l Love You. (Didn't care for The Homesman, sorry Hilary, you did great.) 

In You're Not You there is so much emotion in the writing and in the portrayal of these characters...I cried buckets. Buckets I tell you. But I loved every moment. It gets 5 stars from me, and I can't can't can't believe I hadn't heard of it before.

Hilary Swank's Filmography:

  • Spark (2016) stars as (voice)
  • The Homesman (2014) stars as Mary Bee Cuddy
  • You're Not You (2014) stars as Kate
  • Mary and Martha (2013) stars as Mary
  • Shrapnel (2013) (2013) stars as Samantha Vijaya
  • Intimate Strangers (2013)
  • New Year's Eve (2011) stars as Claire Morgan
  • The Resident (2010) stars as Dr. Juliet Dermer
  • Conviction (2010) aka "Betty Anne Waters" stars as Betty Anne Waters
  • Amelia (2009) stars as Amelia Earhart
  • Birds of America (2008) aka The Laws of Motion stars as Laura
  • P.S., I Love You (2007) stars as Holly Kennedy
  • The Reaping (2007) stars as Prof. Katherine Winter
  • Freedom Writers (2007) stars as Erin Gruwell
  • The Black Dahlia (2006) stars as Madeleine Linscott
  • Million Dollar Baby (2004) stars as Maggie Fitzgerald
  • Red Dust (2004) stars as Sarah Barcant
  • Iron Jawed Angels (2004) TM stars as Alice Paul
  • 11:14 (2003) stars as Buzzy
  • The Core (2003) aka Core stars as Maj. Rebecca Childs
  • The Space Between (2002)
  • Insomnia (2002) stars as Detective Ellie Burr
  • The Affair of the Necklace (2001) stars as Jeanne St. Remy de Valois
  • The Gift (2000) stars as Valerie Barksdale
  • The Audition (2000)
  • Boys Don't Cry (1999) stars as Teena Brandon/Brandon Teena
  • Heartwood (1998) stars as Sylvia Orsini
  • Beverly Hills, 90210 (1997) TV stars as Carly Reynolds
  • Dying to Belong (1997) TM stars as Lisa Connors
  • Leaving L.A (1997) TV stars as Tiffany Roebuck
  • The Sleepwalker Killing (1997) TM aka From the Files of Unsolved Mysteries:
  • The Sleepwalker Killing stars as Lauren Schall
  • Quiet Days in Hollywood (1997) aka The Way We Are stars as Lolita
  • Kounterfeit (1996) stars as Colleen
  • Sometimes They Come Back... Again (1996)
  • aka Sometimes They Come Back 2 stars as Michelle Porter
  • Terror in the Family (1996) TM stars as Deena Martin
  • Cries Unheard: The Donna Yaklich Story (1994) TM aka Victim of Rage stars as Patty
  • The Next Karate Kid (1994) stars as Julie 'Julie-San' Pierce
  • Camp Wilder (1992) TV stars as Danielle
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992) stars as Kimberly Hannah
  • Growing Pains (1991) TV stars as Sasha Serotsky
  • Evening Shade (1990) TV stars as Aimee #1 (1991-1992)
  • ABC TGIF (1990) TV stars as Danielle