Jill Weatherholt

Writing Stories of Love, Faith and Happy Endings While Enjoying the Journey

SUMMER SPOTLIGHT: JENNIFER KELLAND PERRY

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Thank you, Jill, for featuring me in your Summer Spotlight series. It is indeed a pleasure and an honour, and I look forward to reading about your other guests. Now, on to your questions:

What is special about the place you grew up?

I was born and raised in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.
What makes my capital city so special, besides its colourful houses and distinct culture, is its long history and unique geographical location. It is the oldest English-founded city in all of North America. Besides that, St. John’s is next to Cape Spear, the most easterly point of land in North America.
These are only some of the reasons I used my birthplace as the setting for my novels.

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Where do you most want to travel, but have never been?

I’ve always wanted to visit the United Kingdom. First, it was Italy and France. Now that my husband and I have scratched those countries off our bucket list, England and the surrounding areas are next. If all goes well, we hope to travel there next year. Fingers crossed!

If you could make one rule that everyone had to follow, what rule would you make?

I believe we should work harder at celebrating each others’ differences, instead of expecting everyone to speak, think and behave as we do. If we practised more acceptance and cooperation, our world would be an infinitely better place.

More about Jennifer:

Jennifer Kelland Perry is a blogger, writer, avid reader and animal lover. She left the city behind in 2010 for the rural writing life and is loving every moment.
Calmer Girls is her debut novel, the first in a two-book series. The second title, Calmer Secrets, was released in March 2017.
Jennifer lives beside the ocean in Newtown, Newfoundland with her husband Paul and two beloved sister cats, Maisie and Vivian. She is currently working on her third novel. You can visit her here on WordPress at jenniferkellandperry.com, where she shares photography, blogger bouquets, guest posts from her cats, or posts about writing.
Both of Jennifer’s books are available in paperback and Kindle editions on Amazon:

Calmer Girls – First love and family turmoil in a meaningful YA story.

Sixteen-year-old introvert Samantha Cross is falling in love for the first time. There’s only one problem: she’s falling for her older sister’s boyfriend, Ben Swift. Her sister Veronica is beautiful, outgoing, and confident. Samantha is used to her sister getting all the attention and everything she wants, even if she doesn’t like it. But now they’re being torn apart by love for the same boy, their parents’ separation and mother’s declining emotional state, and their move away from Calmer Cove into city life in St. John’s.
As her life crumbles apart around her, Samantha’s feelings for Ben only grow stronger. Then she finds out the boy driving the vintage Thunderbird has mysterious issues of his own. Will Samantha let Veronica keep the only boy she’s ever loved, or will she end up ruining her sister’s happiness to take control of her own? Tensions between the siblings escalate, and Samantha is torn between doing what she thinks is right and acting on her heart’s desire. One thing becomes clear: one of the Cross sisters is in for a broken heart.

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Calmer Secrets – The tale continues in this gripping New Adult sequel to Calmer Girls.

Samantha Cross is all grown up, busy with art school, and free of romantic entanglements. That’s how she prefers it, having renounced love ever since Ben Swift came between her and her sister Veronica four years ago, changing their lives forever. Quite the opposite, Veronica rides the dating circuit with every eligible guy she meets. The rift between the sisters is still intact, troubling Samantha and raising questions about Veronica’s lifestyle choices.

But when an old friend turned sexy bass player rocks Samantha into a wild infatuation, she rethinks her abstinence. While feeling out this intense relationship, Ben barges back into their world with devastating news, sending both sisters into a tailspin. Is Samantha fated to fall under his spell again, or will she side with Veronica against dire new threats facing their family?

In an explosive climax, Veronica reveals long-buried secrets of her own, secrets that could impact all their futures and any hope of reconciliation between the Cross women — a.k.a. the Calmer Girls.

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Author: Jill Weatherholt

My name is Jill Weatherholt and I’m a writer. I have a full-time job, but at night and on the weekend, I pursue my passion, writing. I write modern stories about love, friendship and forgiveness. I started this blog as a way to share my journey toward publication and to create a community for other new writers. Raised in the Washington, DC area, I’ve lived in Charlotte, North Carolina since 2004. I hold a degree in Psychology from George Mason University and a Certification in Paralegal Studies from Duke University. My first book, SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE, published by Harlequin Love Inspired released on February 21, 2017 and is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.com. I was the first place winner in the Dream Quest One Short Story Contest in the Winter 2014-2015 competition. In 2014, I placed second in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest. I was also a top ten finalist in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest in 2012 and 2013. I’m a 2010 and 2012 winner of the NaNoWriMo Contest. I love to connect readers, visit me at jillweatherholt.com

102 thoughts on “SUMMER SPOTLIGHT: JENNIFER KELLAND PERRY

  1. Hi Jill – so great to see Jennifer here. Thanks to Jennifer, a place I’D like to visit is Newfoundland! Great description of her books Calmer Girls and Calmer Secrets. I find it fascinating that Jennifer wrote the first book as a YA, and the second as a New Adult. What is a New Adult genre? I’m unfamiliar with it. Best to both of you, Pam

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  2. Hi Jill, so nice to see Jennifer featured on your blog! Have a great weekend!

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  3. Writing near the water sounds lovely and full of inspiration! Good to meet you!

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  4. Hi, Jennifer! Your books sound great! What inspired you to write this series?
    I’d love to visit Europe–particularly England, Ireland, Italy, and Scotland. These destinations keep going on my “someday” list.
    My dad was stationed in Newfoundland many years ago while in the Army.

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    • Hi there, L. Marie! Thank you for commenting. Yes, those are all places I’d love to see, even Italy again. So beautiful.
      Your dad must have been stationed at Argentia or Fort Pepperell, or – actually there were quite a few bases here. And many of the servicemen ended up marrying Newfoundland women. My husband’s aunt and one of my aunts are two of them!
      I’ve long been interested in writing about siblings who, in spite of their commonalities, can be very different. From introversion to extroversion, mainly. My main protagonist, Samantha, shares my introverted tendencies, that’s for sure.

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  5. Me again. I pressed Post Comment too quickly. Thanks for hosting, Jill! Hope you have a great weekend.

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  6. I’m still trying to talk my husband into a cruise of the Eastern coast of Canada. He thinks it would be cold and would rather cruise warmer climates. But I’m wearing him down I think. 😁 I’d love to see that part of the world. I lived in Canada for five years as a child, but we never got off the plains (though I’ve been to British Columbia since and Montreal very briefly). Such a big, beautiful country.

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  7. Great rule, Jennifer. I so agree! How is it we can enjoy and appreciate mountains and beaches, flowers and trees and animals, textures and colors, all vastly different, yet not embrace human beings the same way? Great to meet you! Waving at you, Jill. Have a fabulous weekend! 💕

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  8. Hi Jill, thank you for introducing Jennifer to me. I’ve never been to Newfoundland, which made this interview even more intriguing. Hope you both have a wonderful weekend.

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  9. What a wonderful interview with Jennifer, Jill. You have the touch. And Jennifer–I so agree about wishing we-all would be more accepting of differences. I find myself less and less tolerant about close-minded people as I age. That sounds contradictory, doesn’t it? Sigh.

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  10. Hi Jill…lovely to catch up with you again. Thanks so much for introducing Jennifer to us, Hi Jennifer! Newfoundland is a place that’s always fascinated me. What a great place to live and also as settings for your books. I lived in CA for almost 20 years but would love to have travelled more to the East Coast. I’m a Brit, now living back ‘home’ in England – I really hope you get to visit next year! 🙂 Lovely to meet you. Happy weekend Jill! ❤

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  11. A great interview! Nice to learn about Jennifer and her stories. 🙂

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  12. I like your rule, Jennifer.

    When asked, “what is the meaning of life,” the Dalai Lama replied simply: ”To be happy and to make others happy ~> If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”

    Good spotlight, Jill!

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  13. What a dilemma Jennifer explores in her book – falling for the sister’s boyfriend. I’m curious to see how she resolves it. Great interview.

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  14. Jill, I am so honoured and grateful that you featured me in your Summer Spotlight today. Thank you, and have a lovely weekend. ❤

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  15. Hi, Jennifer – It is so nice to read about you and your writing here. I’ve been fortunate to visit Newfoundland and agree that it is a very unique and inspiring place. I look forward to reading more of your writing.

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  16. Jill, this is another wonderful spotlight and although I’ve seen Jennifer about a bit on WP I never knew much about her. 😀

    Jennifer, you manage to paint a lovely image of your special place in just a few words and now I want to go to St. John’s! The area sounds idyllic and no wonder you want to use this as a setting for your books. These by the way sound fantastic, I was hooked reading about them, very powerful premise and lifelike characters. I do hope you get to visit the UK sometime soon, it’s an amazing varied country and so much to see…I hope you have lots of time. Finally, I love your rule/aspiration – it never fails to surprise me how much human beings want conformity instead of celebrating differences, after all this is exactly what makes the world such a rich and interesting place! 😀😀

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    • Annika, as beautiful as it can be here, it can also be a daunting place to live due to the weather sometimes, especially during winter. That said, I still love it. 🙂
      Thank you for reading about my books and sharing your thoughts. I have also seen you around WP but I didn’t know you were from the United Kingdom. Oh, I do hope I can visit next year. It will be so exciting, and it would be a dream come true to enjoy an extended stay there. My husband and I are completely hooked on the British shows on netflix. UK all the way! 🙂

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    • Hi Annika! Thanks so much for stopping by to support Jennifer and her books. Yes, she make her rounds on WP. She’s a busy gal! Enjoy the rest of your weekend. ❤

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  17. Jennifer, so sweet that you get to live the life of your dreams, back in rural Newfoundland….lots of time to write! (I visited your site)
    Congrats on your soon-to-be three book releases and all the best in your continued noveling.

    Jill, thanks for introducing us to another neat person on your blog!
    🙂

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    • Thank you, Laura, for your sweet comment. Nice to meet you too! It can get pretty wild here on the Point in winter at times, but that’s just part of its charm. My husband and I had it planned for years to eventually move here – it was only a summer house before we restored it – and we are glad we brought the plan to fruition. 🙂

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    • It’s my pleasure, Laura. Jennifer is a talented writer and a really wonderful and encouraging person. Thanks for stopping by!

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  18. Thanks for another great spotlight, Jill. I don’t know much about Newfoundland . Time to change that. 🙂 🙂 Wishing you both a happy weekend.

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  20. Nice to meet you, Jennifer! I enjoyed reading about your books and wish you great luck with them. I also liked your rule suggestion; acceptance and tolerance of difference would definitely make for a more peaceful world.
    Hi, Jill! Thank-you for the introduction to Jennifer. I hope you have had a good weekend xo

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  21. Good to see Jennifer here in the summer spotlight, and the special place she calls home. I have both her books on my Kindle to be read 🙂

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  22. Hi Jennifer! I’m putting Cape Spear on my bucket list. On one of my many trips back to the UK, I stood at Lands End, the western-most point in England (the big toe on the foot). Theoretically, if you had supersonic eyesight, you should be able to see people waving at you from Cape Spear! I am going to visit your blog now.

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  23. Jennifer so cool to see you over here at Jill’s place your hard work and creative talents inspire us all. I wish we could all meet at a cafe somewhere in real life, but I guess online is the next best thing.

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    • Kath, thanks for visiting me here at Jill’s. Nothing would make me happier than meeting you and my other blogger friends in person. I know we would hit it off because we have so much in common already. A lovely new cafe opened near us recently that Paul designed – it would be the perfect place, as the owner has her art on the walls. You would love it. ❤️

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    • Hi Kath! That would be great fun, wouldn’t it? It’s nice to see you. I hope you and the family are doing well.

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