Friday, December 9, 2011

The Next Door Boys by Jolene Perry

Today I have Jolene Perry with me, talking a little bit about her YA novel, THE NEXT DOOR BOYS, which released in October.

Synopsis:

Leigh Tressman has been known as a lot of things – the girl who sings, the girl who sews, Jaron’s little sister, and last year, the girl with cancer. With her body still recovering from the cancer treatments, she’s determined to be independent and convinces her parents to let her follow her overprotective brother, Jaron, to BYU.
With an ever expanding line of young men ready to be in love with her – not to mention physical frustrations, and spiritual dilemmas – Leigh almost misses the opportunity to be with the man who has been quietly falling in love with her since they met. The Next Door Boys proves that even with (or maybe in spite of) independence, love can be found in comfortable, but delightful places.


Opening line:
My parents joined us in the driveway. Dad looked calm, as always, and Mom tried really hard not to cry. I gave them both another final hug before climbing into my brother's overstuffed car. 

Jolene, what's your favorite line in the book?

"When I realized I had no control… that was when everything changed. There are a lot of things I have control over, but there are a lot more things that I have no control over. When you’re no longer afraid of death, there are a lot of things you’re not afraid of anymore." 
- Leigh


If you could be any character from the story, who would you be?
I'd be Leigh, the main character. There's so much of me in her already, that it would be an easy fit - even though she can be occasionally clueless.

Where can we purchase a copy of THE NEXT DOOR BOYS?
Amazon
Barnes and Noble

If you'd like the book in ebook format, it's available here.


Where can your readers find you on the web?
www.jolenesbeenwriting.blogspot.com
www.fortheloveofcontemporary.blogspot.com
www.jolenebperry.com
Twitter
Goodreads

Thanks for stopping by and sharing a little about your book, Jolene!

30 comments:

  1. I like the sound of this one, Kelly. I'm going to add it to my TBR pile straight away! Great article! CBx

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  2. "When you’re no longer afraid of death, there are a lot of things you’re not afraid of anymore."

    This is so true! I remind myself of this every day. My husband has beat cancer once, and that will give a greater appreciation for the things you DO have control over.

    Sounds like a great read to add to my Xmas list!

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  3. Thanks for sharing the interview. This sounds like a story full of hope and first loves. Adding this to my TBR pile now :)

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  4. Great, Bookworm Blogger. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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  5. Diane, yes, that is absolutely true! I'm glad I could pass along a great book to you.

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  6. Courtney, you're very welcome. I'm doing my part to help TBR lists grow. ;)

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  7. This looks great. I will have to check it out.

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  8. Sounds like a book teens will love! Good luck with it, Jolene.

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  9. Catherine, I agree. Teens will definitely be able to relate to this book.

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  10. Jolene, your book sounds great. Thanks for sharing it with us.

    Kelly, I love the format of this interview. Simple, yet so effective.

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  11. Kai, thanks! I wanted to keep it short but get in the good stuff to make you want to read the book. :)

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  12. This was a great review and interview. I love the cover too. Sounds like a wonderful book to read.

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  13. Beautiful blog design.

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    Elizabeth

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  14. I can SO relate to the first line. As a mom I'm always struggling to stay calm and in control. Thanks for introducing me to this book and author!

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  15. DM, I'm glad you enjoyed it. And I agree. The cover is amazing. :)

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  16. Thanks, Jolene, for sharing this. It sounds like a very emotional story.

    Thanks, Kelly, for having Jolene on here.

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  17. This is on my wish list. I'm waiting for the ebook, but I might have to break down and get the hard copy. And I love Jolene's favorite line.

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  18. Medeia, did you check out the ebook link? There is one available. I like Jolene's favorite line, too. :)

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  19. I'm glad you like it, Gene Pool Diva!

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  20. That's a great favorite line, which applies to almost all aspects of life. It's not age dependent, either.

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  21. Brenda, great point. I didn't even realize that.

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  22. Control is sooo important and so hard sometimes as a parent. Book sounds great.

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  23. Thank you for the link, Kelly. I was hoping it was available in Kindle format. I'll bookmark this link. I may purchase this different format or just buy the print copy.

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  24. Medeia, I was hoping for the Kindle format, too. I'll keep you posted if they release a Kindle version.

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