Thursday, September 11, 2014

A Warm Welcome to LoRee Peery

Is there a story behind your book Creighton’s Hideaway?
This title first appeared on the page as “The Healing Hills,” and is my second completed manuscript. I dug it out of storage after I’d written “The End” on several more projects.  I wrote it while my youngest daughter still worked in health and human services. She has since earned two nursing degrees. Also since the story’s inception, identity theft has become a highly sophisticated white-collar cyber crime.

What started you on your writing journey?
The idea was planted when we were traveling on Interstate 80. I slapped a magazine in my lap and said, “I could write better than that.” My dear husband responded, “Why don’t you?” The seed sprouted and I discovered how much I had to learn. The time was pre-Internet (younger writers and readers cannot relate). When I joined Romance Writers of America, I learned more about craft and the business of writing in six months than I had in the ten years prior.

What distracts you from writing the easiest?
Oh, ugh. Appointments and obligations away from home. I could easily stay in my little corner of the world for three weeks and go nowhere other than church. But that’s not healthy so I try to take walks and go to exercise classes. I do a little socializing, I see my chiropractor on a regular basis. I’m also involved in choir and Bible study. I cherish times with other writers who “get” me and this crazy thing of living in fictional worlds.

What is your strangest habit?
I’ve been known to take pictures of weird things like highlighted spider webs or interesting fungal growths. I missed a shot of a cicada shedding its shell, but I wouldn’t miss sharing the moment with a grandson who brought it to my attention. I “see” things like faces and hearts in tree trunks. I have pictures of dew on pine needles, the sun shining in a golden shaft on the snow. I guess I see things in nature others may miss, including crosses at the tops of growing pine trees.

What is your favorite season of the year? 
Fall is my favorite season. I’ve recently blogged about celebrating October. I love being outdoors to relish the cool nights and emerging colors of September and October. Though I can lose myself in the beauty of flowers and butterflies and birds in the summertime, I do not care for the heat and humidity. And autumn always reminds me of my mother. Her favorite colors were the warm colors of fall and her birthday fell in October.

Are there things you put off doing because you dread them?
I put off cleaning house. And when I do, I “attack.” There are so much more interesting things to do with my time. Like write, and read, and sew.

Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?  
Based on I John 5:4, we have victory in Jesus. Though we are hit with troubles and surrounding dysfunction every day, if we view them as spiritual battles our whole outlook changes. I believe my imagined characters and people I know are meant to live beyond survival. We are overcomers if Jesus resides within us because He won the war over the enemy, who merely shoots us with stumbling blocks. But we’re human and often we try things on our own strength. We’re only strong and victorious when we admit our weakness and let Him fight for us.

Where do you escape for some quiet time to reflect, pray, read, etc?
My front porch if the sun isn’t beating down. A shady chair or bench in or near my flower-rock garden is my second choice, where I can enjoy the music of nature and the kiss of a breeze. Third choice at night, or when the weather is inclement, is my easy chair or lying on the couch with soft instrumental music in the background.

Why do you continue to write?
I write to feel alive and not waste my time. I consider writing as a way to contribute, to pay it forward if you will. And I believe it’s the job the Lord has given me to do right now. I want readers to realize there is hope of rescue from sin in this crazy out-of-sync world.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?

I don’t have cover copy or release dates, but Where Hearts Meet and Paisley’s Pattern have been contracted with the White Rose Publishing arm of Pelican Book Group.

Back Cover

Needing to finish her thesis in order to keep her job working with youth in a residential treatment center, Shana Arnold sequesters herself on Creighton Rice’s Nebraska ranch. She expects the secluded hideaway to provide a peaceful environment. What she doesn't expect is to become the victim of identity theft and a crazed home invader.
Creighton Rice has been content to live alone with his God--until he meets Shana. He's drawn to her, but must fight the attraction. Getting close makes him face a lifetime's accumulation of scars. Plus, Shana doesn’t share his faith. But when Shana's life is threatened, Creighton must protect her--even if it means letting her in.
Will Shana discover that even when a woman loses everything, she can regain courage and strength through faith in God, and can Creighton allow God to heal scars and open the door to a lifetime with Shana?

To buy LoRee's book:

About LoRee:

A lifelong Nebraskan, LoRee Peery has lived most of her life in the country, where she feels grounded in her sense of place. She learned to read when she was four and has devoured books since. She values one-on-one time with her grandchildren and loves time spent with other writers.

LoRee clings to I John 5:4 and prays her family sees that faith. She has authored the Frivolities Series and other e-books. Her desire for readers, the same as for her characters, is to discover where they fit in this life journey to best work out the Lord’s life plan.

To connect with LoRee:

LoRee Peery is giving away a copy of Creighton's Hideaway.  The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses.

To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You may enter the book giveaway twice -- once on each spotlight post. (It's not too late to go back and leave a comment on yesterday's post.)

Off to read another great book!
Sandra M. Hart


Unknown said...

"Creighton's Hideaway" looks to be a good read...another to add to my growing list of "must read" books! I enjoyed the interview and share Mrs. Peery's love of "staying in my own corner of the world".
Thank you for the interview and chance to win!
Kelly Youngblood
kelly *at* dkcountryarts *dot* com

Cindi A said...

I've read LoRee's novel, Found in the Woods and really enjoyed it. I'm sure this book will be just as good.


Carol Q. said...

sounds wonderful! please enter me and thank you

Deanna Stevens said...

Another book to put on my TBR List! Isn't NE a wonderful place to take all those interesting pictures?
Deanna from SE NEBR
dkstevensne @

LoRee Peery said...

I've never claimed to be a morning person... Thanks to the early birds.

Kelly, I appreciate your comments.

Cindi, Thanks for taking time to read Found in the Woods.

Carol, I hope your day is blessed.

Deanna, we might be neighbors...I can't imagine living anywhere else. How about the weather right now?

Patricia Bradley said...

How well I remember those pre-computer days! Typing on a manual typewriter, then an electric and finally! in 1987, a computer!!

Enjoyed meeting LoRee and Creighton's Hideaway sounds like my kind of book!

LoRee Peery said...

Thanks for taking the time to read and comment, Patricia.

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed this interview. Nice to learn things about LoRee. Sounds like an interesting book and I would like to win it. Thanks for the give-awaqy.
Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

cjajsmommy said...

I love what you said about 1 John 5:4. Thank you, it was what I needed to hear today. I'd love to read your book. cjajsmommy (at) gmail (dot) com

Deb R.

LoRee Peery said...

Deb, I appreciate your comment. An overcomer goes a step beyond being a survivor. I can only claim that through Jesus.

Boos Mum said...

I really like this cover. It is different and makes the book stand out. Please enter me. Thanks.

sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

LoRee Peery said...

Boos, Pelican Book Group's Editor-in-Chief, Nicola Martinez, designs the book covers. This is one of my all time favorites.

sm said...

I like your writing theme about victory in Jesus. I would love to win and read your book. sm wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com

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