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Sunday, June 7, 2015

Surf, Sand & Books Event with Jenny Holiday


Jenny Holiday started writing in fourth grade, when her awesome hippie teacher, between sessions of Pete Seeger singing and anti-nuclear power plant letter writing, gave the kids notebooks and told them to write stories. Most of Jenny's featured poltergeist, alien invasions, or serial killers who managed to murder everyone except her and her mom. She showed early promise as a romance writer, though, because nearly every story had a happy ending: fictional Jenny woke up to find that the story had been a dream, and that her best friend, father, and sister had not, in fact, been axe-murdered. From then on, she was always writing, often in her diary, where she liked to decorate her declarations of existential angst with nail polish teardrops. Eventually she channelled her penchant for scribbling into a more useful format. After picking up a PhD in urban geography, she became a professional writer, and has spent many years promoting research at a major university, which allows her to become an armchair astronomer/historian/particle physicist, depending on the day. Eventually, she decided to try her hand again at happy endings--minus the bloodbaths.


Last time I went on a beach vacation was so long ago that I brought actual, physical books with me. Twelve of them to be exact—my husband joked that I needed a separate suitcase for my books. Then I got an e-reader, and, oh, I was SO set for vacation. But then I also got: a kid and a second career as a writer on top of my day job. So that was pretty much it for carefree beach vacations (alas). If you were headed to the beach right now, what would be the first book you’d read?



She would never bow to any man…

London, 1815

Trevor Bailey is on the cusp of opening the greatest hotel in London. His days as a gutter snipe are behind him, as he enjoys a life of wealth, society, and clandestine assignments as a spy in the service of the Crown. Until one tumultuous night churns up the past he’d long left behind…

Turned out by her employer for her radical beliefs, Lucy Greenleaf reaches out to the man who was once her most beloved friend. She never expected that the once-mischievous Trevor would be so handsome and gentleman-like and neither can deny the instant attraction.

But Lucy’s reformer ways pose a threat to the hotel’s future and his duties as a spy. Now Trevor must choose between his new life and the woman he’s always loved…

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30 comments :

  1. I love stories with happy endings :-D

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    1. Me, too! The odd time I read a non-romance novel and it is tragic, I'm like, "But, wait...."

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  2. For beach reads, I would want something light and fun. Cape Cod Kisses by Bella Andre and Melissa Foster looks great!

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    1. You know, I've never read any Bella Andre. I've been meaning to rectify that for years. It's so hard to keep up with all the good stuff out there!

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  3. Historical romance is my all time favorite genre. I've even hooked my 17-year old daughter.

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    1. I call historical romance my "gateway drug," because it was the first thing I read in the romance realm, and though I was initially hesitant about even reading contemporary, now I write it too. But historical will always be my first love!

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  4. This sounds fun and intriguing!

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  5. Thanks for the giveaway. If I were going to the beach, I'd take along Suddenly One Summer.

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    1. I love Julie James, but I haven't been keeping up with her latest releases (the TBR, pile, it is so big!). This one looks great!

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  6. A beach read has to have some humor, so I'd probably read something by Kristen Higgins, Jill Shalvis or Erin Nicholas.

    Marcy Shuler

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    1. Kristan Higgins is my all time fave, period. I just adore her books.

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  7. The last Kresley Cole book I ordered and haven't read yet ;)
    Lori

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    1. I haven't tried her--I'll have to check her out!

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  8. Historical Romane & Highlanders have been my eave but a new genre for me. I've heard it called "time slips" where there are 2characters from the past & the present going back & forth to showw their connection. Like Susan Meissner's book A Fall of Marigolds. I ended up reaading all her books immediately after. I'd take A Memory of Violets by Hazel Gaynor author of The Gir Who Came Home.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750. (at) aol (dot) com

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    1. You know, I always thought I didn't like time travel books. I may be the only person in the world who didn't go crazy for The Time Traveler's Wife. But I finally (FINALLY) got on the Outlander bandwagon last year, and I am now officially a fan of the genre.

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  9. The entire series looks amazing.

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    1. I hope you give it a try, Mary! (Not that I'm biased or anything... :) )

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  10. Thank you for the post and giveaway! Fingers crossed. :-)

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  11. i would be taking It's You by Jane porter to the beach. this book sounds very good!

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    1. Jane Porter is another one who's new to me--I'm getting quite a list going from these comments. Yay! (Now if only I could somehow get a beach vacation from these comments, too...)

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  12. Beach reads, I'd probably want to take something light like a Jill Shalvis book or a Julie James read :) Or sexy cowboys like Katie Lane's books!

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    1. I love Shalvis and James! Haven't tried Lane--another one for the TBR pile--yay!

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  13. I'm not sure which book since I just finished a series, but the odds are high it'd be a historical

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  14. Sand Dollar Cove by Nancy Naigle would be my first beach read choice. It is out in a box set right now. :)

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  15. I don't go to the beach. I can't be in the sun. but if I did I think I would have had to take a lot of books when me.

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  16. Most likely Laurann Dohner.

    mythic021@gmail.com

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