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Monday, November 4, 2019

Karin Beery and Free Books!

Her fiancé left her his house—and his roommate.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the free copy of Deborah Raney's women's fiction book, Chasing Dreams, is:


Congratulations! I'll email you for your snail mail address, and we'll get your book right out to you. I encourage readers to keep commenting and/or subscribe at right (above my list of books) in order to learn about new releases! U.S. subscribers are entered in the drawings a second time when they comment.

And now let's chat with novelist Karin Beery, author of the contemporary romance/women’s fiction book, Practically Married (Guiding Light Women’s Fiction, October 2019).

Karin Beery grew up in a rural Michigan town, where she wrote her first novel in high school. Today, she writes contemporary stories with a healthy dose of romance. When she’s not writing fiction, she’s reading, editing, or teaching it.

In her free time, Karin enjoys watching University of Michigan football and action-adventure movies with her husband and fur babies.

Please tell us one random thing we might not know about you.

I love pizza, but I can’t eat it anymore (gluten sensitivity). Cauliflower crust pizza is okay, but I really miss a chewy, hand-tossed crust.

Aw, what a shame. I tried going gluten free for awhile (just to cut back on starches) and found I really enjoy cauliflower crust from pizzerias. But I've tried making them from scratch, and I've tried the frozen version. Pretty sorry, compared to--as you say--the chewy, hand-tossed crusts.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Practically Married.

It’s a modern spin on the marriage of convenience story. I wondered what it would take for two people today to decide to get married for practical reasons instead of for love. Thanks to the internet, poor communication, familial influences, and unpredictable Michigan weather, Practically Married answers that question:

Ashley Johnson moves to northern Michigan to finally meet her fiancé face-to-face, but she arrives in time to go to his funeral. With no home back in Ohio, she decides to stay in what would have been their house, except his cousin Russ lives there too, and Russ has never heard of Ashley. To complicate matters, her fiancé accidentally willed her the family farmhouse.

Eager to please everyone and desperate to disappoint no one, she proposes a marriage of convenience that could solve her and Russ’s problems, if they can get past her aunt, his sisters, and an ex-girlfriend.

What a cool premise! It takes a clever writer to pull off the miscommunication trope these days. I remember the good old days for plotting when cell phones weren't the norm. Good for you to figure out a way to make this idea work. It sounds like fun.

What is it about your lead characters that will make your readers care about them?

Ashley and Russ have both experienced tragedies, but they don’t let it stop them. That doesn’t mean their timing is always perfect or they always make the right decisions, but they manage to make it work.

Imagine you’re waiting at the gate for your flight somewhere. You see someone sitting there, reading your latest release. What expression do you hope you see on his/her face?

A smile! There’s enough drama in real life. I hope my novels offer an escape and a reason to smile.

What is the last novel you read that you would recommend?

Lady Jayne Disappears by Joanna Politano Davidson. It’s a historical romantic suspense, which is a genre I’ve never read before. She grabbed my attention early in the book and held it through the end. I’m looking forward to reading another book by her.

Yes, that's a great combination of genres. What are you working on now?

A series about three sisters. I’ve actually finished the first two books (a novel and novella) and have just started on the third. Like my other books, they’re contemporary, set in Michigan, and on the light-hearted side.

Where else can readers find you online?

I’m all over!

Amazon author page

Read excerpts from the journal that inspired Ashley to agree to a practical marriage, plus get the first chapter of Practically Married: BookFunnel

The book can be purchased online via the following button:

Finally, what question would you like to ask my readers?

Do you prefer books that make you laugh or books that make you cry? Why?

Thank you, Karin, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your novel. Readers, Karin has offered to give away a free copy of her book. To enter, leave a comment and your email below in answer to her question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Remember that U.S. subscribers are entered an additional time in each drawing. The drawing is done by email, so leave your email address, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com. 

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Karin Beery said...

Thank you so much for having me!

Trish Perry said...

My pleasure, Karin!


Sounds like such a wonderful book! I love books that make me laugh but I love to read and I know some books do make a person cry sometimes as long as it is a good book I will read it! Karin is a new Author to me and I would Love to read this book!Thank you for this wonderful giveaway SARAHTAYLOR601973(at)YAHOO(dot)COM

lorigeorge[at]hotmail[dot]com said...

I prefer to laugh when watching movies or reading books. Real life can hold enough sadness or misfortune. I'd prefer to be entertained with happy things. Thank you for the opportunity to win your book giveaway.

Paula Shreckhise said...

I like both kinds of reads. I think we need to feel happy and content but sometimes we need to reflect and really feel our emotions, even vicariously. It shows we can think deeply. Thanks for the opportunity to win this book. paulams49ATsbcglobalDOTnet

Jan H said...

I prefer books that make me laugh.

Melanie Backus said...

Those books that pull at your heart strings are pretty hard to beat but a good laugh feels so good- I would have to say I like both but I am going to lean toward a cry.
mauback55 at gmail dot com

Trish Perry said...

Just as with movies, I really love books that make me laugh. But if a writer is able to make me cry, it's a magical thing. I think it's easier to do that with film--the visuals, the skill of the actors, the music, and the writing are all there for the task. But a book has to trigger all of that in the reader's mind. Not an easy feat. I thoroughly enjoy when a writer can make that kind of connection with my deeper emotions.

Karin Beery said...

I usually prefer to laugh, but sometimes I need a good cry (that's usually when I watch Little Women -- the one with Winona Ryder). Overall, anything that really makes me FEEL along with the characters works for me.

Alicia Haney said...

I love books that make me laugh, but I also love books that make me cry, because I know they were written from the heart. Your book sounds like a very good read and I would Love to read it. I will be adding it to my TBR list. Thank you for sharing this interview with us and for telling us about your awesome sounding book. I love the cover.

Gail H. said...

I enjoy a good laugh in a book. Too much going on in the world that’s depressing so I need a laugh now and then.
I’ve read and reviewed the book so don’t enter me. It was sooooo good!

Patricia Hawes said...

I prefer one that does both.

Alice said...

I like books that have some of both. After all, there is both humor and tragedy in everyday life. I like to laugh but tears make me hug a book.

Alice Myers


Vie said...

Hi Karin and Trish! I love books with even a touch of humor. At the same time, when an author can move me to tears, I consider the author a master writer.

Vivian Furbay said...

Would enjoy reading this book. Love the synopsis. Vivian Furbay jtandviv (at) q (dot) com



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