Author Events


After an assault that landed her in a hospital as a Jane Doe two years earlier, Olivia Callahan has regained her speech, movement, and much of the memory she lost due to a traumatic brain injury. The media hype about the incident has faded away, and Olivia is ready to rebuild her life, but her therapist insists she must continue to look back in order to move forward. The only person that can help her recall specifics is her abusive ex-husband, Monty, who is in prison for murder. The thought of talking to Monty makes her skin crawl, but for her daughters’ sake and her own sanity, she must learn more about who she was before the attack.

Just as the pieces of her life start falling into place, she stumbles across the still-warm body of an old friend who has been gruesomely murdered. Her dream of pursuing a peaceful existence is shattered when she learns the killer left evidence behind to implicate her in the murder. The only person that would want to sabotage her is Monty—but he’s in prison! Something sinister is going on, and Olivia is desperate to uncover the truth before another senseless murder is committed.



Olivia Callahan’s quiet, orderly life is shattered when she regains consciousness in a hospital and discovers she is paralyzed and cannot remember a thing, including her identity. The fragmented bits of conversation she hears in her comatose state help piece together that an apparent assault had landed her in the hospital, but nobody knows who attacked her or why. Admitted as a Jane Doe, she becomes a local news story. When she is recognized, her family is stunned at the change in her and despondent at the thought she might never recover her memory. Now, in spite of a brain injury that has rewired her personality, Olivia is on a mission to reclaim her life. As clarity surfaces and she starts to understand who she was, she is shocked. Could she really have been that person? And if so, does she want her old life back?

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Feb. 22, 2022; 6-8:30PM FREE!

Enjoy this fun video from one of my events!

Here, I’m being interviewed about “The Deadening,” the first in the Olivia Callahan Suspense series, at the Sun City event in February, 2022.

Guns, Knives & Lipstick Podcast, available here, featuring Kerry Peresta, Liz Milliron, C.L. Tolbert, and Mally Becker. Women crime writers share all their secrets! It’s a fun, interesting, lively, podcast with great topics. Airs monthly on your podcast venue of choice.

Zen Den’s SPRINGFEST! Saturday, April 30

Join Kerry in beautiful downtown Port Royal, SC (next door to Beaufort) on Saturday, April 30, 1-4! Buy signed copies of Kerry’s latest books, “The Deadening,” and “The Rising!” Meet local authors and artists, purchase books, art, garden sculptures, and more!

Sunday, March 27, 2022 – Savannah Local Author Day in Lafayette Square

The lively annual celebration of acclaimed author and Savannah native Flannery O’Connor’s birthday will offer free family fun, live music, a wacky parade, birthday cake, and more!

Come out and buy a copy of Kerry Peresta’s latest release while enjoying a gorgeous spring day in Savannah’s celebrated Lafayette Square!

At my table in the Local Author Day event in Savannah! It was a gorgeous day.

A portion of beautiful Lafayette Square will be dedicated to the annual Savannah Local Author Day, sponsored by The Book Lady Bookstore. Local and regional authors will be on hand and you are invited to stroll around the book tables and meet some wonderful poets, children’s book authors, and fiction and nonfiction writers.

As always chicken-poop bingo (really!) will be a highlight for the kiddos & adults alike. You’ll also be welcomed to visit the Flannery O’Connor museum, located at 207 E. Charlton Street right on Lafayette Square, to view Flannery’s Depression-era childhood home. Take this opportunity to shop the Home’s expanded Flannery swag shop and learn more about Savannah’s most famous local author.

April 1-3, Summerville Family Flowertown Festival 2022

Join us at Main Street Reads for a fabulous time enjoying Summerville’s beautiful, quaint, downtown and exploring new books that can be personally signed by local authors! Something for every reader…many genres and topics available!

Linda Lovely, fellow author, and I at Flowerfest.

Another satisfied reader! Savannah. #The BookLadyBookstore #localbookstores

Sunday, May 1, 2022 – May 30, 2022

Partners in Crime Blog Tour begins! Read guest posts, interviews, and reviews of Kerry’s latest release, “The Rising,” Book Two in the Olivia Callahan Suspense series. This tour will last four weeks. Click image below for link to blog tour links and dates.

AUTHOR SIGNING EVENT, MAIN STREET READS, 11am-1pm, Saturday, May 7, 2022

Come grab your own signed copy of The Deadening, Book One, and The Rising, Book Two, in the Olivia Callahan Suspense series! These books will make the BEST Mother’s Day gift ever! Enjoy Mother’s Day treats & special flowers during your visit.

Main Street Reads, Summerville, SC

Local Author Signing Event presented by

Island Writers Network, HHI Library

Thursday, May 26, 1-3pm

Come on out to HHI Library and enjoy hearing from local authors and poets, and take a peek at the latest anthology published by Island Writers Network! Books will be available to purchase and be signed.

Mystery Writers Association-sponsored Sleuthfest presenter and panel participant in Boca Raton, FL. July 7-9, 2022


Saturday, July 16, 2022, 11-3PM

Barnes & Noble, Hilton Head Island, SC

Come on down to B&N Hilton Head, where Kerry will be signing her latest book, “The Rising,” Book Two in the Olivia Callahan Suspense series! Book One is available onsite as well! Great opportunity to grab both!

Monday, Sep. 12, 2022: Podcast with Fran Lewis on Blogtalk Radio, a forty-minute interview

Driftwood Eatery Local Writers Event. Thursday, September 15, 2-4pm, 5 Waterway Lane, Hilton Head Island

Come see me at Driftwood Eatery! Author readings and books for sale! Enjoy the lovely ambiance of one of HHP’s newest eateries and hear local authors read from their latest books!

Macintosh Bookstore Author Signing Event, noon-3pm, 917 Bay St, Beaufort, SC

Visit this quaint bookstore in Old Bay Market in lovely Beaufort on one of its historic streets! I’ll have Books One & Two in the Olivia Callahan Series ready to autograph for you with purchase!

Shelter Cove & Sea Pines Book Club Author Talk & Q&A, Monday, Sept. 19, 7pm

Enjoy Kerry’s thoughts on the ups and downs of being a working author, and how it came about! The first two books in the Olivia Callahan Suspense Series will be available!

Aiken Annual Book Fair, Saturday, Sep. 24, 2022, 10AM – 3PM, Etherredge Center on the USCA campus.

Come to Aiken, SC’s fabulous author event! I will be offering Books One & Two in my suspense series. Enjoy author presentations, signed copies for sale, more! Bring a book bag! Listen to authors chat about their process while you browse in a delightful, hometown, collegial atmosphere.

P.E.O. International Presentation, Oct. 4, 2022, Port Royal, SC

What a fun time talking to these lovely women about the writing process. Sold out of my books!!

Island Writer’s Network, Monday, Nov. 7, 2022, 6:30 pm, Hilton Head Island at the YWCA Rec Center

Join us for a lively discussion about marketing as an author. Did you know marketing is a major part of the job? Why? Come find out!

Book Club Author Talk, Hilton Head Island, Nov. 14, 2022 at 4 pm in Shelter Cove.

Presenting an author perspective to this wonderful group of avid readers.

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