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Monday, October 25, 2010

The Perfect Blend and Free Books!

I'm going to give away another copy of The Perfect Blend to one of my readers next Monday. 

But first, I want to announce that the winner of the drawing for the signed copy of A Woodland Christmas, featuring Darlene Franklin, is:

sbsalzer@ . . .

Congratulations! I'll contact you today for your snail mail address, and we'll get your book to you right away. I encourage readers to keep commenting and/or subscribe at right in order to participate in future book give-aways!

Okay, so the give-away. When I interview fellow authors, I usually ask them to tell us which actors they would choose to play their leads if their novel went to film. So I'm going to show you who I chose for The Perfect Blend.

Some authors don't like to put that image in the reader's mind--they worry they'll interrupt the reader's experience and imagination. But, even if I have an actor in mind when I create a character, my character doesn't look exactly like that actor. It just gives me a general idea of the character's looks and style.

PhotobucketThe books in The Tea Shop Series have a uniting character, tea shop owner Milly Ashford Jewell, a sharp, lovable Brit. She's in her fifties, so my actor choice is a bit old, but I pictured Julie Christie when I created Milly.

PhotobucketFor Steph Vandergrift, the heroine in The Perfect Blend, I used actress Lizzy Caplan.

PhotobucketPhotobucketI had been saving actor Gabriel Macht for a future hero for quite some time. He became Kendall James. I'm including two pics of him, because I wanted to show you his/Kendall's wonderful smile. The other is just a bonus for a Monday afternoon.

PhotobucketPhotobucketAnd for Steph's new friends, sisters Christie and Liz Burnham, I pictured real-life sisters Emily and Zooey Deschanel, respectively.

There you have it. Now, in order to be entered into the drawing, here's what you have to do. I'm going to describe one more character and ask you to tell us which actor you envision playing the role. I'll tell you next Monday which actor I chose, but I'd love to hear your ideas. (A blanket "please enter me for the drawing" won't get you entered.)

No spoiler alert here. Most of this information is on The Perfect Blend's back cover.

Rick Manfred is Steph's fiance, and he lives in the charming little town of Middleburg, Virginia, where the story is set. No one who loves Steph thinks Rick is good for her. Rather than taking their advice, she elopes, leaving behind broken hearts and friendships. And then Rick stands her up at the altar. She is left drastically alone in a town where she has no friends, no job, and now, no love.

Who do you envision playing Rick?

If you're interested in purchasing a copy of the book, you can do so online through the following buttons. The book is available in e-book format, as well.

Kindle version:

930154: The Perfect Blend, Tea Shop Series #1
13361EB: The Perfect Blend - eBook CBD eBook

Check out my interview with Deborah Raney below, and leave a comment under her interview to be entered in a drawing for a signed copy of her book.

Annoying legal disclaimer: drawings void where prohibited; open only to U.S. residents; the odds of winning depend upon the number of participants. See full disclaimer HERE.


Charity said...

Please enter me!! I would soo love to win this book:) Thanks!


windycindy said...

Mu pick is Keanu Reeves...
Thanks, Cindi

Brenda said...

Please enter me! I would so love to win the book! Thanks for the contest!!

dancealert at aol dot com

Anonymous said...

I pick Brad Pitt! Please enter me for your book....would love to read it. Thanks!!

Wendy said...

Thanks for offering another one of your books. I can't wait to read this one.

Trish Perry said...

Cindi and Jackie, you're both entered in the give-away! Thanks for reading the posting.

apple blossom said...

Please include me in the drawing for your book. thanks

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Holly said...

I'm kind of envisioning Paul Walker. Not sure why. Or maybe Chris O'Donnell. Rick to me seems like he needs the quasi-bad boy look.


Anonymous said...

My pick is Alex O'Lauglin from Hawaii Five-O. He has shown that he can be really tough in that role.


Trish Perry said...

Holly and Carol, you're entered in the drawing. Thanks for reading the entire post!

But Carol! My dear Alex O'Laughlin, playing a jilter? Say it ain't SO!

runner10 said...

I think Matthew McConaughey would be a good fit.


Anna W. said...

Hmm, a smarmy hot guy... maybe Jeffery Donovan? It seems to me like he could play the role. LOL :)

writer_weaver at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

I think I could see Josh Holloway in that role. I really enjoy your books and am looking forward to reading this one. It would be great to win!


Trish Perry said...

Oh, Anna, that one's even better than the one I chose. Jeffrey Donovan really creeps me out for some reason.

But Randi, I love Josh Holloway! He's actually the model for another of my heroes! I don't want to make him a bad guy, LOL!

You're both entered in the give-away. Thanks for reading the post!

Ann Lee Miller said...

I'd love to win your book, Trish!

Renee Ann said...

Okay, no one thinks Rick is good for Steph, and he leaves her at the altar. If these two things are so because he's a bit of a scoundrel, I would pick Josh Holloway (Sawyer from Lost). If these two things show that he is filled with angst, I would pick Matthew Fox (Jack from Lost.) Those two actors seem bound to break some poor girl's heart!

I'd love to be included in a drawing to win a book--either Tamera's or yours! reneeasmith61 [at] yahoo [dot] com

barbjan10 said...

Wouldn't it be fun to see Trish's book made into a movie?! I nominate Josh Duhamel for the part of the scoundrel who leaves Steph at the altar. First, I'd like to read the book. Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win it. I hope I do!

Barb Shelton
barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com

Trish Perry said...

No one has named the actor I picked yet . . . Okay, I can see Barb's Josh Duhamel, but Renee Ann, I've already vowed to keep Josh Holloway as my good guy--don't go painting my JH with a bad-guy brush! Matthew Fox, yes. Josh, no!

Anyway, Renee Ann and Barb, you're entered. Thanks for reading the entire post!

Patsy said...

Okay, so Steph's finance, Rick, seems to me to be kinda the really good looking bad boy type. Anyone who leaves you at the alter can't be all good. Mmmmm, I trying to think of someone who could really act the part. I thinking Leonardo DiCaprio could be a good job.

Looking forward to reading your book. Thanks for giving away a copy.

Becky said...

I actually just finished reading The Perfect Blend (thanks to a tip from Elizabeth White's blog I ran off to B&N to get the book and boy am I glad!)...I absolutely loved every part of it. I read a ton of Christian fiction, and this is now one of my all-time faves. I cannot express how much I enjoyed it!! For those who do not win: I highly encourage you to buy this book or put it on your Christmas list. ;) You can read a sample at bn.com. You'll find this is a most refreshing story with witty writing...a jewel that comes along every now and then in the book world. While there are a lot of good books, this one stands out as truly exceptional. I do not mean to go on and on, but it's THAT good! =)

As for actors, I don't know very many actor names, but since I know all about Rick from reading the story I can picture him in my head. =) I look forward to reading Tea for Two (Cute title, btw!), as well as your previous books. Thanks for sharing your gifts!

Trish Perry said...

Thanks, Patsy and Becky! You're both entered.

Patsy, Leo's an interesting idea . . .

Becky, you're so sweet to take the time to post those comments. I'm thrilled you enjoyed the book. We'll see what you think of the actor I had in mind--we'll see if that's how you pictured Rick!



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