Back To School, Back in Time & Giveaway with Jane Myers Perrine

From August 27th through September 10th, various authors will be stopping by my blog here at Lori's Reading Corner and over at my friend Jen's site Crazy-For-Books to share a guest post highlighting their best (and sometimes worst!) first-day-of-school experiences. Along with the post, the authors have graciously agreed to give away at least one copy of their latest releases! On some days an author will write a post for both both featuring both a best and worst first day of school experience. On other days, we will each feature a different author with different giveaways, so be sure to check out both of our blogs every day! We will also be sure to link  to each other's blog every day so you don't forget!
The participating authors have provided up with at least one copy of their books to give away. When an author is posting on both blogs, the giveaway entry form will be the same for the contest. You may enter on one blog, or you can double your changes and enter on both blogs. Check the bottom of this post for a full list of the authors that will be sharing their school experiences during our Back To School, Back in Time feature!
Make sure to head over to Crazy-For-Books to see what author Charles Martin has to say about his first day of school and to enter to win a copy of Thunder and Rain.
My really, really, really bad first day of school
by Jane Myers Perrine
Beginning fourth grade at Border Star Elementary School was both my best first day and my worst.  As a fourth grader, I moved into the “upper grades” and felt so important I strutted.      
Alas, in that moment of pride, I’d forgotten older students used a lunchroom with much stricter rules.  In the lower grades, no one cared what you ate as long as you didn’t throw it.  In the upper grade cafeteria, students had to clean their plates or they’d be sent back to finish everything. 
 I‘m a picky eater.  I’d prefer not to be.  I’d be thinner and healthier if I ate fruits and vegetables.   However, due to years of allergies, I have little sense of smell.  A great deal of flavor is recognized through smell.  
Which brings us back to my really bad first day of school.  The legend of the “eat- everything-on-your-tray” monitor–shortened to tray monitor—swelled every year.  With every tale, I grew terrified.   At lunch on that first day, she stood only a few feet away from my seat and inspected every tray.
One girl hid her uneaten leftovers under her plate.   The tray monitor found them.   A boy had a lumpy shirt pocket.  The tray monitor pulled out a piece of bread.   Both were sent back to finish. 
 Although I’d eaten everything else, a huge pile of—shudder!—peas remained on my plate.    Not only can’t I smell peas, they have an unpleasant consistency.  To me chewing them is like eating a grub worm but without the crispy spiciness.   How could I get past the tray monitor when the pile of peas seemed to have grown exponentially after they were tossed on my plate?  
I glanced at the clock.  The bell would ring in a minute. I’d have to leave.   I stood—that mound of peas sending off a brilliant green glow like a photosynthesizing alien spacecraft—and strolled toward the tray monitor, hoping for a miracle.   The monitor’s eyes landed on my uneaten peas.  She leaned toward me and opened her mouth.  Quivering, I waited. 
Before she could say a word, two boys started wrestling behind her.  When they knocked into a table, she gave me one final glance, then turned and stomped toward the fight.   I dashed toward the trash cans, dumped those peas, and ran out of the cafeteria. 
From then on, I brought my lunch.    
Award-winning author Jane Myers Perrine was born in Kansas City, MO, but has traveled from parish to parish with her minister husband.  They presently live in Central Texas where Jane writes stories about the joys of small town life in The Butternut Creek Series for FaithWords.
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Email ~ jane AT janemyersperrine DOT com

Publisher: FaithWords (April 3, 2012)
Genre: Christian Fiction
ISBN-10: 0892969210
Series: Tales From Butternut Creek (Book 1)
Buy: Amazon, Kindle, IndieBound, The Book Depository


Upon his arrival, Butternut Creek Christian Church's newly-minted minister is met by a welcome committee led by Miss Birdie and her friend Mercedes, a.k.a. "the Widows." Their first order of business, to educate him on how things should be done, quickly gives way to a campaign to find him a wife.

When their matchmaking efforts fizzle, the Widows turn to another new bachelor. Amputee and Afghan vet Sam simply wants to be left alone– a desire that's as good as a red flag to the Widows! Soon they're scheming to pair him up with Willow, his beautiful physical therapist, a divorced mother of two who is afraid of commitment, Perrine's small-town tale is a big-time triumph of gentle humor, fast-paced plot, and wonderfully engaging characters.


Publisher: FaithWords (November 20, 2012)
Genre: Christian Fiction
ISBN-10: 0892968958
Series: Tales From Butternut Creek (Book 2)
Pre-Order: Amazon, Kindle, IndieBound, The Book Depository


A traumatic experience as a college freshman has left Gussie Milton 'once bitten, twice shy.' Although she'd like a relationship, she's frightened, so she's thrown herself into caring for her aging parents, her photography business, and her church. In the eyes of Miss Birdie and her friend Mercedes, aka 'the Widows,' Gussie would make their young pastor the perfect wife. And though the attraction proves mutual, first Gussie's past and then the pastor's hopes for the future threaten to keep them apart. Can the Widows' meddling be the catalyst that changes the couple's lives forever?

Thanks to the publisher I have two (2) copies of The Welcome Committee of Butternut Creek and two (2) ARC's of The Matchmakers of Butternut Creek to give away.

Giveaway ends on September September 14th
Giveaway open to residents of US & Canada only

Winners will have 48 hours, from the time of notification to confirm their win or another winner will be chosen.


Make sure to head over to Crazy-For-Books to see what author Charles Martin has to say about his first day of school and to enter to win a copy ofThunder and Rain.


Participating Authors:

August 27th – Carla Stewart
August 28th – Spencer Quinn & Kaye George
August 29th – Krista Davis & Matthew Dicks
August 30th – Sheryn MacMunn
August 31st – Jane Myers Perrine & Charles Martin
September 3rd – Denise Swanson
September 4th – Christa Black
September 5th – Joanna Campbell Slan & Josie Brown
September 6th – Reyna Grande & Nancy M. Griffis
September 7th – Cathy Lamb & D.E. Johnson
September 8th – Cleo Coyle
September 9th – Kristina McMorris
September 10th – J.T. Ellison

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  1. Thanks so much for inviting me. I’ve heard from a lot of other picky eaters. We need to unite!

  2. Jane,
    I guess violence can sometimes be a blessing in disguise! Would love to have seen you walking into the big kid cafteria. Chris

  3. Jane, I was a wimp in school, too. Love the post.


  4. Kelley Johnsen says:

    Thank you for the review and giveaway! I find so many wonderful reads through you!

  5. Great story about your first day. On TBR list .


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