08 November 2021

Picture Imperfect | Excerpt + Giveaway

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Can a struggling career woman and a procrastinating artist save a beloved nonprofit?

Aspiring novelist Caroline Penn expected a promotion, not a picture book assignment. But when her employer, the non-profit Helping Hope, runs into financial trouble, this book might be the solution. With the company struggling to stay afloat, she and the illustrator will need to collaborate on a strict deadline—no problem for a workaholic like Caroline, right?

Andy Jackson, a “starving” artist, pays the bills by taking on graphic design gigs, but his perfectionism gets in the way. If only he could focus on a project for once, perhaps he could achieve his dream to make art for children for a living.

When the two are thrust together to create a book, Caroline can’t seem to write for children, and Andy can’t meet a deadline to save his life. As time ticks down to release day, the two must face their pasts and insecurities. If they can avoid strangling one another for long enough, they may just bring to the table what the other is missing.

If not, the fate of their careers—and a beloved nonprofit—hangs in the balance.

Publisher: Mountain Brook Ink
Release Date: November 5, 2021


Caroline glanced back at her computer. The screen had gone dark from lack of use, as empty as her inspiration. I don’t know about that.

“I told that son of mine.” Miss Evie smiled with self-satisfaction. “It would save money to do it in-house, I told him. You’ve got a good writer sitting right in front of your nose, I said, if you’d ever think to read your own magazines and donor letters. Well, I guess it got through his thick skull.”

“Thank you, Miss Evie. But… I’ve never written for children. I’ve never had a book published. I don’t know what I’m doing. I…”

“Hush, now.” She made a shooing motion as she turned to leave. “When God opens a door, you don’t ask questions. You just walk through it.” She tapped her cane as if that settled the matter.


Hope Bolinger is the author of 12 books, including the award-winning Blaze trilogy. She has worked in the industry as an agent, done acquisitions and editorial roles for publishers, and has also worked for magazines, newspapers, and online publications such as Crosswalk.com. Her articles and other publications can be seen by millions yearly, and she has 1100 bylines to her name. When she isn’t battling deadlines, she loves to hike in Ohio’s national parks and pet her high-maintenance cat Twix. Find out more about her at https://www.hopebolinger.com.

Alyssa Roat has worked in a wide variety of roles within the publishing industry as an agent, editor, writer, and marketer. She is the publicity manager at Mountain Brook Ink and Mountain Brook Fire, a former associate literary agent at Cyle Young Literary Elite, an editor with Sherpa Editing Services, and a freelance writer with 200+ bylines in local, national, and international publications. She is the author of The Wraithwood Trilogy and the co-author with Hope Bolinger of the YA superhero chat fiction romances Dear Hero and Dear Henchman. Her name is a pun, which means you can learn more about her at www.alyssawrote.com or on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook as @alyssawrote.


(1) winner will receive a signed copy of Perfectly Arranged OR a $20 Amazon gift card (winner’s choice)!

Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight November 8, 2021 and lasts through 11:59 PM EST on November 15, 2021. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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  1. I love the cover, synopsis and excerpt, this is a must read for me. Thank you for posting about this book

  2. Alyssa and Hope, your book sounds like a great read for me and I am looking forward to discovering if Caroline and Andy manage to save the non-profit! Thanks for sharing it with me and have a spectacular holiday season!

  3. Anonymous9/11/21 16:22

    Love the cover

  4. I cant wait to read this!