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Monday, June 7, 2021

Karin Beery and Free Books!

She has a chance to redeem her reputation. All she has to do is not blow it. Again.

Before we talk with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the free copy of the women's contemporary novel, At Lighthouse Point, by Suzanne Woods Fisher, is:


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And now let's revisit with novelist Karin Beery, author of romantic women’s novella, Avoiding Marriage: A Practically Married Novella (EA Publishing, April 2021).

Karin Beery grew up in a rural Michigan town, where she wrote her first novel in high school. Today, she writes hopeful fiction with a healthy dose of romance, including her award-nominated sophomore novel Practically Married

When she’s not writing fiction, she’s reading, editing, or teaching it. In her free time, she enjoys watching University of Michigan football (usually) and action-adventure movies with her husband and fur babies.

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

I’m a mosquito magnet. Release one mosquito into a crowd of 100 people and it will find me.

Ah, a woman after my own heart! I don't experience them so much on the west coast, but wow, did the DC Metropolitan Area mosquitos love me! I guess we're especially sweet, Karin.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Avoiding Marriage.

Two years ago, Jessica Miller made a mess of her already confusing life. Now, she’s back in Boyne Heights, and she’s determined to fix her reputation. She can’t seem to avoid the past that haunts her, but that’s the joy of small-town life—word spreads and people remember. 

Intent on her mission, however, she faces her past head-on, taking a job with her ex-boyfriend while avoiding her grandmother’s attempts to find her a new one.

What is it about Jess that will make your readers care about her?

Jess is smart and beautiful, but she’s also made plenty of mistakes and her life isn’t perfect. Readers relate to her struggles and decisions (even the hard ones).

Write one sentence that tells us something about Jess as a child.

Jess adored the men in her life—her handsome grandpa, her rough-around-the-edges daddy, and her doting older brother.

It's nice to read the occasional book with solid male characters! 

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

The Sowing Season by Katie Powner. It’s the story of a 60-something Gerrit forced into retirement and 16-year-old Rae, his neighbor. They form an unlikely friendship as he learns how to deal with his past and she prepares for her future. This is way outside my normal genres (romance and women’s fiction) but the characters are great and there’s a hint of humor throughout—I loved seeing how the characters navigated life and their relationships. It was hard to put down.

What are you working on now?

A follow-up to Avoiding Marriage. I hadn’t planned to write a series, but people want to know what’s going to happen next in Boyne Heights, so I’m going back with a new female character who will find her life entwined with Felix’s (Jess’s brother).

What a compliment, to have readers asking for more! Where else can you be found online?

The best place to find me is my website: karinbeery.com

I’m also on social media at:


And some reader sites:

Amazon Author Page

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Readers, you can access a sample from the novel by going HERE and clicking on Look Inside.

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

What’s your favorite trope (I’m a sucker for a marriage of convenience story)? What’s the last one you read?

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Karin Beery said...

Thank you so much for having me! I can't wait to hear about everyone's favorite tropes. :)

Trish Perry said...

It's great to have you here, Karin! As far as favorite trope, that's a tough one. If the book is a romance, I just finished reading a contemporary romance in which the real romance didn't end up being between the two people we originally expected. I like that--the unexpected spark.

Alice said...

I like law enforcement and military.
Alice Myers

Gail H. said...

I read all types. Right now I’m reading Come Back to Me by Jody Hedlund. Very different!
I also enjoy marriage of convenience stories like you. One of my favorite movies is Love Comes Softly.

Gail H. said...


Karin Beery said...

There's something about men in uniform, isn't there?

Vie said...

Hey, Karin! It's great to visit with you here on Trish's blog. I enjoyed reading the interview, and I would love to read The Sowing Season. Confession time: if I truly grasped the meaning of trope as used in the writing world today, I might be able to answer your question with more confidence, LOL. Okay, here is a go: in Trish's books, I always look forward to the senior citizen who is a secondary character--but who adds a special spice to the main story line and characters. (BTW, editor pal, feel free to edit out that "truly" as an unneeded word.)

Joan A said...

I like marriage of convenience in historical but no so much in contemporary! it doesn't seem as necessary in modern times! I don't like to read a special trope or genre but prefer a variety. jarning67@hotmail(dot)com

Trish Perry said...

lol, Vie, I like your comment about "trope." I know sometimes it refers to things like Irony and Hyperbole. But I've also seen it used as Karin did here, to mean a plot device. I've seen it used that way in describing TV shows too.



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