Review – Bridges

Wishing a very happy release day to author Maria Murnane for her latest novel called Bridges, the second in the Daphne White series. Check out yesterday’s blog post if you missed my review of the first book in the series called Wait for the Rain and then scroll on to read about her new book called Bridges. Cheers to having a new novel available to enjoy!

Bridges by Maria Murnane

My Review:

Bridges is the second story in the Daphne White series. This time we find Daphne on a trip to visit Skylar in New York and The Three Musketeers are together again. The three best friends have another fun adventure together, and there’s tons of love and laughter to be had along the way.

There’s more to these ladies than what appears on the surface, and they each have major changes and sources of anxiety to overcome at this point in their lives. Daphne battles the fear of not being good enough, not being the person she wanted to be or thought she would be when she began as a driven young woman. Skylar and KC both have major changes happening in their lives, situations that they never thought they would find themselves in, but ultimately they have the potential to be good changes.

Age is just a number and these gals in their early forties are prime examples to drive home that sentiment. Bridges was a wonderful second book in the series and I can’t wait to see where life takes these gals next.

My Rating: 5/5 Stars

I received a complimentary review copy via the author. All reviews 100% reflect my honest opinion.

About the Book

Title: Bridges

Author: Maria Murnane

Published: April 4, 2017

Book Blurb: It’s a piece of news Daphne never expected to hear: Her globe-trotting friend Skylar, who vowed never to get married, is engaged! Time to celebrate in Manhattan—Skylar’s treat, of course. After years scaling the corporate ladder, she can more than afford it.

Daphne arrives in NYC with news of her own—the novel she’s finally finished appears to be going nowhere but the trash bin of every publishing house around. She’s devastated but plans to keep her disappointment under wraps, something that becomes trickier when she sees Skylar’s spectacular apartment. Could her life have been like this if she’d chosen a different path?

What Daphne doesn’t know is she’s not the only one with a secret. Skylar and their friend KC are also holding something back, but what? As the trip unfolds, the truth about each woman emerges, along with tears.

And laughter. And love.

The fun-loving trio readers fell for in Wait for the Rain is together once more. Here’s to the power of friendship!

Book Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Goodreads

About the Author – Maria Murnane

Author Bio:

Maria’s road to becoming an author is a little crazy. She used to work in high-tech PR but hated it, so she quit and ended up playing semi-pro soccer in Argentina for a year. While she was down there she decided to write a novel, which was something she’d always dreamed of doing. Fast forward a few years and a LOT of perseverance, and she’s now the best-selling author of Perfect on Paper, It’s a Waverly Life, Honey on Your Mind, Chocolate for Two, Cassidy Lane, and Katwalk. Her next book, Wait for the Rain, will be released in Feb 2015. And yes, she still plays a lot of soccer!

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Review: Mixing It Up

Wishing a happy release week to Tracie Banister on her new novel, Mixing It Up. Check out the info on her latest novel, read my review, and don’t forget to enter the giveaway for your chance to win a fun prize pack from Tracie!

Mixing It Up by Tracie Banister

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Book Blurb: 

Born with a silver spoon in her mouth, Manhattan upper-cruster Cecily Sinclair now uses that pricey utensil to dish up fancy French fare on her cooking show, Serving Romance. When there’s an executive shake-up at the network, she’s not worried. Not much anyway. Her show’s a hit after all. Why would the new CEO want to mess with success?

The driving force behind several buzzed-about networks, Devlin Hayes is considered to be a wunderkind in the television industry. Although his plans to rebrand CuisineTV and make Serving Romance more Millennial-friendly don’t thrill Cecily, her charming, blue-eyed boss is a hard man to say “no” to and she really wants to keep her job—even if that means sharing screen time with a loathsome blast from her past.

Mercurial Italian chef Dante Marchetti a.k.a. “Il Duce” was once Cecily’s boss, and she has the PTSD to prove it. Now the owner of one of the hottest restaurants in town, Dante’s egomania knows no bounds and his constant attempts to provoke and upstage Cecily make her want to conk him on the head with a sautééé pan. She thinks they’re toxic together, but viewers love their chemistry and clamor for more.

As Cecily battles to maintain the integrity of her show, she finds herself scheming and manipulating right along with Dante and Devlin. Is she fighting a lost cause? Does she really belong on TV, or would her culinary talent be better served elsewhere? And could one of the men who makes Cecily’s blood boil ignite a passion in her for something other than food?

Book Links: Currently $1.99 on  Amazon US | Amazon UK | Goodreads

My Review

Let me start off by saying that I loved Mixing It Up! The relationship between Cecily Sinclair and her co-host Dante Marchetti is hilariously entertaining. I loved the French vs. Italian cooking and the way the characters interact with one another on the show. I loved the dynamics, the chaos, and the romantic relationships mixed into the storyline. This is the perfect fun romantic comedy and I wish they would turn it into a movie!!

The characters are well-developed, thought out, and most are extremely likable and relatable. There’s also a few amusingly unlikable characters that make for an additional comic relief.  Cecily’s hottie boss Devlin adds an extra layer of flavor, while her relationship with Dante adds a good dose of spice. Reading this novel made me hungry for some delicious food and I almost wish the story came with a few recipes because some of the dishes they cook up sound like something I’d like to try in my kitchen (if only I had the talent and patience in the kitchen!). 

5/5 stars to the lovely Tracie Banister for cooking up a perfectly delectable romantic comedy!

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About the Author – Tracie Banister

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An avid reader and writer, Tracie Banister has been scribbling stories since she was a child, most of them featuring feisty heroines with complicated love lives like her favorite fictional protagonist Scarlett O’Hara. Her work was first seen on the stage of her elementary school, where her 4th grade class performed an original holiday play she penned. (Like all good divas-in-the-making, she also starred in and tried to direct the production.)

Tracie’s dreams of authorial success were put on the backburner when she reached adulthood and discovered that she needed a “real” job in order to pay her bills. Her career as personal assistant to a local entrepreneur lasted for 12 years. When it ended, she decided to follow her bliss and dedicate herself to writing full-time. Mixing It Up is her fourth Chick Lit release, and in it Tracie finally got to live out her fantasy of being a Cordon Bleu-trained chef.

Enter the Giveaway!

Purchase a copy of Mixing It Up between October 19th, 2016 and October 25th, 2016 and you could win this fantastic prize pack inspired by the book’s heroine and her love of French food!

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This prize pack includes:

Garnier-Thiebaut Oh, La La, Chéri French-themed 4-piece Kitchen Linens Set

(Apron, kitchen towel, pot holder, and oven mitt.)

Kate Spade Deco Dot Recipe Box with 8 tabbed dividers and 40 recipe cards

The French Women Don’t Get Fat Cookbook by Mireille Guiliano

To enter this giveaway, simply e-mail the author at traciebanister@gmail.com with your proof of purchase. Entries will be accepted until midnight on October 26th, 2016 when a winner will be selected via random drawing. This is an international giveaway, so anyone who buys Mixing It Up within the allotted time frame is eligible to win. Good luck!

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Arielle Joy

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Interview with Heidi-Jo Swain

Wishing a big congratulations to Heidi-Jo Swain in the wake of her debut novel The Cherry Tree Cafe! I’m thrilled to have her on the blog today to celebrate her novel. I’m sure you will enjoy the Q&A as much as I did. Read on to discover fabulous tidbits about Heidi, from what inspired her to write her debut novel, what you would find if you took a peek in her handbag, to my favorite part of the interview; the best advice she ever received from her fellow author Mandy Baggot! When you’re done learning about Heidi, don’t forget to go check out her novel and get yourself a copy!!

The Cherry Tree Cafe by Heidi-Jo Swain

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Cupcakes, crafting and love at The Cherry Tree Cafe…
Lizzie Dixon’s life feels as though it’s fallen apart. Instead of the marriage proposal she was hoping for from her boyfriend, she is unceremoniously dumped, and her job is about to go the same way. So, there’s only one option: to go back home to the village she grew up in and to try to start again.

Her best friend Jemma is delighted Lizzie has come back home. She has just bought a little cafe and needs help in getting it ready for the grand opening. And Lizzie’s sewing skills are just what she needs.

With a new venture and a new home, things are looking much brighter for Lizzie. But can she get over her broken heart, and will an old flame reignite a love from long ago…?

For everyone who loves settling down to watch Great British Bake-Off, the Great British Sewing Bee, or curling up to read Milly Johnson or Jenny Colgan, The Cherry Tree Cafe is a coffee-break treat.

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Interview with Author Heidi-Jo Swain

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5dUejMtc_400x4001. Would you like to start by introducing yourself?

Hello, thank you so much for inviting me to feature on your lovely blog.

I’m a contemporary romance fiction author, a lover of Galaxy bars, ready salted crisps, vintage paraphernalia and the odd bottle of fizz who is lucky enough to live in a very pretty part of south Norfolk with my family and a mischievous cat named Storm.

2. Can you give us a brief overview of your latest novel and the inspiration behind it?

My debut novel, The Cherry Tree Café, centers around the life of lovely Lizzie Dixon who, having had her heart broken, moves back to her hometown where she joins forces with her best friend Jemma and opens The Cherry Tree Café.

As far as inspiration goes I’m a huge fan of crafts, an even bigger one of cake and something of a sucker for a love story, so putting the three together was an absolute joy!

3. How long did it take you to write The Cherry Tree Cafe? What is your writing process like?

To be completely honest, I can’t remember how long it took me to write The Cherry Tree, but I would guess around six to eight months.

I like to have a pretty good idea of the entire plot before I begin writing a novel but more often than not the characters take over so I’m always open to making changes along the way!

I tend to write quite quickly and a recent change to my writing process has helped speed up the development of a first draft considerably. I write longhand on the days I’m working now and type up what I’ve written in the evenings. I’m also lucky enough to have a couple of designated writing days during the week (well, that’s the theory) and if possible I sit at the keyboard all day then.

4. Can you tell us a bit about what you’re working on at the moment?

I’m currently working on my next novel… Not very forthcoming but I’m sworn to secrecy. Sorry!

5. What is your favorite thing about writing romance novels?

To me, writing is a complete indulgence. I only write about settings I would love to visit, or even better, live in, and characters who I wouldn’t mind swapping places with for a day or so. The old adage; write what you love and love what you write certainly applies here.

Don’t get me wrong, I love my life and I am very blessed to have such a wonderful family and home, but every day my writing gives me the opportunity to step off my own page and onto someone else’s and I love that.

6. What is the best advice anyone has ever given you?

I’m going to go with writing advice here, for obvious reasons and the best piece of wisdom I ever received was a timely reminder from my bacon loving pal Mandy Baggot.

She told me, when I was trying to decide what to do with my writing, where to submit and so on, that she didn’t like having all her literary eggs in one basket and that I needed to remember that the journey I am on, is my own.

Those words gave me some perspective and reminded me that there actually are no rules, that I didn’t have to wait around for someone else to say ‘yes’ or ‘no’, that if I wanted to I could make the decisions and make things happen for myself.

So that’s what I did.

7. What kind of environment do you write in?

When I’m at the keyboard I always sit in the same position at the dining table however, writing longhand can happen anywhere. To be honest, if I’m writing, I’m writing and nothing distracts me except for cake of course.

Cake aside, this shift to longhand has been an absolute blessing because if I have paper and a pen I can write anywhere. There are no boundaries.

8. Is there one book that stands out in your mind that you wish you’d written?

Letters to The Lost by Iona Grey. Without a doubt simply the best book ever. Iona and I share the same publisher and having met her I can tell you she’s absolutely gorgeous, completely down to earth and a thoroughly lovely lady. This of course does nothing to allay the book envy…

9. What are the things you can’t live without in your kitchen?

In the kitchen I couldn’t live without my vintage glasses and tins, my Emma Bridgewater and Cath Kidston bits and pieces, the length of floral bunting my mum made and all the deer themed ornaments from my Nanna.

Oh, was I supposed to include a gadget or two here? Sorry, I’m all about the pretty!

10. What would we find if we looked in your handbag right now?

Oh I love my current bag. It’s a cross body blue and white polka dot beauty from CK that I found in a charity shop for around £10! I know!

Ok focus… Inside you would find my purse (empty), a very red lipstick, lip balm, business cards, notepad, pen, painkillers, a mirror and a very pretty purse I received in a Happy Mail parcel with the words ‘Anything Is Possible’ written across the front.

Thank you so much for being on the blog today and your fabulous answers! Wishing you the best of luck with your new release and we can’t wait to find out more about your next novel that’s in the works!

New Release Blitz | Killing Me Softly by Kathryn R. Biel

Killing Me Softly by Kathryn R. Biel 

killing me softly coverPublished: July 7, 2015 by Kathryn R. Biel

Genre: Women’s Fiction, Contemporary Romance, Suspense

Sadie Perkins has a sixth sense about things—especially people dying. Her clairvoyance has never bothered her until she starts to believe that her visions are causing the deaths of those around her. After her latest relationship ends … badly … Sadie swears off love for good. While searching for an uncomplicated life, Sadie finds her hands full not only with a home renovation project but with defending herself against suspicion of murder. There’s a fine line between predicting someone’s death and causing it. Has Sadie finally crossed that line?

Enter contractor Max Schultz, who is not only good at working on houses, but he’s good at working on Sadie too. Much to Max’s dismay, as he’s trying to win Sadie’s heart, he finds

Sadie’s first love, Henry Fitzsimmons, is back in the picture, snooping around.

Sadie doesn’t know which way to turn or who to trust, including herself. Can Sadie clear her name and open her heart all at the same time?

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About the Author – Kathryn R. Biel

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Kathryn bielTelling stories of resilient women, Kathryn Biel hails from upstate New York and is a spouse and mother of two wonderful and energetic kids. In between being Chief Home Officer and Director of Child Development of the Biel household, she works as a school-based physical therapist. She attended Boston University and received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from The Sage Colleges. After years of writing countless letters of medical necessity for wheelchairs, finding increasingly creative ways to encourage the government and insurance companies to fund her clients’ needs, and writing entertaining annual Christmas letters, she decided to take a shot at writing the kind of novel that she likes to read. Her musings and rants can be found on her personal blog, Biel Blather. She is the author of Good Intentions (2013), Hold Her Down (2014), I’m Still Here (2014), and Jump, Jive, and Wail (2015).

 

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New Release – Again, Alabama

Release Day Blitz: Again, Alabama by Susan Sands

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Title: Again, Alabama

Author: Susan Sands

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Women’s Fiction

Published: June 12, 2015 by Tule Publishing Group

Cammie Laroux is back in Alabama—again. 

Dragged back to her small town to help her mother recover from surgery while rescuing the family event planning business should be a cinch. Even for a disgraced television chef, right? Wrong. 

Among the many secrets Cammie’s family’s been hiding is the fact that their historic home is falling down. Oh, and the man hired to restore the house, Grey Harrison, is the same high school and college love of her life who thrashed her heart and dreams ten years ago. Yeah, that guy. 

Grey, a widower with a young daughter, has never stopped loving Cammie, and when they are face to face once again, the chemistry is off the charts. Cammie may be in full-blown denial, but letting go is no longer in Grey’s vocabulary, even when winning Cammie’s forgiveness and renovating their love may seem like an impossible build even for a master architect and carpenter. 

As Cammie finds herself forgetting all the reasons she can’t trust Grey or love again, he finds himself remembering all the reasons he wants her to stay with him in Alabama… forever.

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About the Author – Susan Sands

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susan+sandsSusan Sands grew up in a real life Southern Footloose town in Northwest Louisiana, complete with her senior class hosting the first ever prom in the history of their tiny public school with half the town chaperoning. Is it any wonder she writes Southern small town stories full of porch swings, fun and romance?

Susan has lived in Alpharetta for twenty years and is surrounded by her husband, three young adult kiddos and lots of material for her next book.

 

Check out the other participating blogs on Susan’s release day blitz!

New Release & Interview – Seniors Sleuth by Jennifer J. Chow

Author Interview with Jennifer J. Chow

jennifer chowHi Jennifer, a huge, warm welcome to Living Life With Joy! Thank you so much for participating in this interview. Would you like to start by introducing yourself?

Hello! My name is Jennifer J. Chow. I write Asian-American fiction that often features older characters.

My debut novel, The 228 Legacy, was about three generations in a Taiwanese-American family. It won Honorable Mention in the 2015 San Francisco Book Festival and was a 2013 Finalist for Foreword Reviews’ Book of the Year Award.

1. Can you give us a brief overview of your latest novel and the inspiration behind it?

My latest novel, Seniors Sleuth, is the first in the Winston Wong mystery series, and won Runner-Up in the 2015 Beach Book Festival. I was inspired to write a cozy mystery because of my mom, who loved reading them with me.

A brief summary of the book: Winston Wong used to test video games but has now decided to try detective work. Through a slip-up in the printing of his ad, he gets his first case—at a senior home.

2. How long did it take you to write Seniors Sleuth? What is your writing process like?

It took me about a year to write Seniors Sleuth, but it’s been lurking on my computer for a few years getting edited and revised. Typically, I like to write the first draft, go over it several times, send it off to a critique group, fix it, get beta reader opinions, revise it some more, and then publish it. Whew!

3. Can you tell us a bit about what you’re working on at the moment?

I’ll still plotting the next Winston novel in my head. In the meantime, I have a historical young adult novel scheduled to go to press in the late fall/early winter. It will deal with immigrant issues and generational drama—but with paranormal elements.

You can keep up to date on my latest works by visiting www.jenniferjchow.com and signing up for my newsletter, which has updates on my newest books and quirky musings.

4. What’s your favorite quality about your hero?

I love the geekiness of his character. He’s so bumbly, but loveable at the same time. It makes me want to give him a giant hug.

5. How would you describe your writing style and previous novels to someone that has never read your work before?

Here’s my tagline: Asian-American fiction with a geriatric twist. I have a lot of experience with older adults and that has transferred over to my stories. My books often deal with relationships, whether with family or romantic interests.

6. Did you always want to be a writer?

Yes! At least, ever since I discovered the magical kingdom known as a library.

7. What would you be doing if you weren’t an author?

I would probably be working directly with seniors. My education is in gerontology, and I have an advanced social work degree specializing in older adults.

8. What kind of environment do you write in?

I prefer a quiet environment. With two young kids running around, though, I’ll take what I can get!

9. What would we find if we looked in your handbag right now?

I don’t want to know… Actually, I think there’s a mishmash of receipts, crumbs, and pens, along with my essentials: wallet, phone, and lip balm.

10. Either or…

Dogs or cats? I used to be a dog person, but now I’m leaning toward Team Cat.

Coffee or tea? Definitely tea, but once in a while, I’ll splurge on a fancy mocha frappucino.

Summer or Winter? What about spring? I do like sunny weather, though. That’s one of the reasons why I live in L.A.

Sleep in or get up early? Sleep, for sure.

Check out Jennifer’s Latest Release!

seniors sleuthTitle: Seniors Sleuth

Author: J.J. Chow

Genre: Cozy Mystery

Published: May 9, 2015 by J.J. Chow

Winston Wong used to test video games but has left his downward spiraling career to follow in the footsteps of Encyclopedia Brown, his favorite childhood detective. When the Pennysaver misprints his new job title, adding an extra “s” to his listing, Winston becomes a “Seniors Sleuth.” He gets an easy first case, confirming the natural death of a ninety-year-old man. However, under the surface of the bingo-loving senior home is a seedier world where a genuine homicide actually occurred. Winston finds himself surrounded by suspects on all sides: a slacker administrator, a kind-hearted nurse, and a motley crew of eccentric residents. To validate his new career choice (and maybe win the girl), he must unravel the truth from a tangle of lies.

Book Links: Amazon | Goodreads

A bit more about the Author – Jennifer J. Chow

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Jennifer J. Chow, an Asian-American writer, holds a Bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and a Master’s in Social Welfare from UCLA. Her geriatric work experience has informed her stories. She lives in Los Angeles, California.

Her multicultural women’s fiction, The 228 Legacy, was a 2013 Finalist for ForeWord Reviews’ Book of the Year Award. She also writes the Winston Wong Cozy Mystery Series under J.J. Chow.

New Release & Author Interview | Chasing Chris Campbell by Gen Gannon

Interview with Genevieve Gannon

Author of Husband Hunters & Chasing Chris Campbell

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Hi Genevieve, a huge, warm welcome to Living Life With Joy! Thank you so much for participating in this interview. Would you like to start by introducing yourself?

Hi! It’s great to be here. I’m a crime journalist from Melbourne, Australia, and in my spare time I write romantic comedies. My first book, Husband Hunters, came out six months ago. It’s a story about three successful women who decide to use their professional skills to find spouses. My second book, Chasing Chris Campbell, has just been published by HarperCollins Australia. I’ve been describing it as a cross-country version of kiss-chasey…

Can you give us a brief overview of your latest novel and the inspiration behind it?

Chasing Chris Campbell was inspired by all of the backpacking I did – that that a lot of people do – after university. Being a young traveller is such an exciting, scary and potentially funny time. You see amazing things, and meet people you’d never normally come into contact with. I’ve always thought a gap year would be a great setting for a romantic comedy. I first had the idea years ago when travelling through Europe. But after spending some time in Asia I decided to relocate my story. Chasing Chris Campbell is set in Australia, Hong Kong, Inida, Nepal and Vietnam.

How long did it take to write Chasing Chris Campbell? What is your writing process like?

I often work on a range of projects at a time so it’s hard to measure exactly how long each one takes. I tend to write spread out in my lounge room, with draft pages covered in scribbles around me. But my all-time favourite part is printing out some work on nice fresh paper and taking it to a café with a red pen. Mmm…coffee.

Can you tell us a bit about what you’re working on at the moment?

I’ve just started my third project which is set in my home city of Melbourne. I don’t really want to say too much about it yet because it’s still developing, but parts of it will be set in my workplace – a court. It will still be fun though! I’ve sketched out lots of colourful supporting characters.

If you were given an offer to turn Chasing Chris Campbell into a movie, who would you want to see playing the roles of Violet Mason and Chris Campbell?

Violet is a research scientist. She’s blonde and smart, but a little naïve. I think she’d look a little like Saoirse Ronan – who played the young Briony Tallis in Atonement. (How gorgeous is that film? One of my favourites!) For Chris I think I have to go with Aussie actor Jai Courtney who plays Eric in Divergent. He has those impeccable, boy-next-door looks that spur Violet to go chasing after him…

Is there one book that stands out in your mind that you wish you’d written?

This is a weird answer because it’s a completely different genre – but the first book (or series) that comes to mind is The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. I loved Katniss. I thought she was such a great, powerful lead female character. The world was beautifully created, there was heaps of action and I was completely transported when I read the series. I blitzed through it in a couple of days. Oh, or One Day by David Nicholls.

How would you describe your writing style and previous novels to someone that has never read your work before?

Story-wise, I think of Husband Hunters as a cross between The First Wives Club, Sex and the City and Legally Blonde. The First Wives Club because it’s about friends who team-up and rediscover an old bond, Sex and the City for glamour, fun, sexiness and – again – the friendship between the women and Legally Blonde because, like Elle Woods, the characters are all capable and self-assured.

Chasing Chris Campbell’s wanderlust-y, traveller story line has elements of Eat, Pray, Love but the characters are more like the type of people you’d meet in an Emily Giffin novel.

Did you always want to be a writer?

The answer to this is yes, yes a thousand times yes. I was first published when I was six – in the school news letter. It was so exciting. After eight years working as a journalist I still get a kick out of seeing my by-line.

Where is your favourite place in the world?

Outside of Australia (which is full of favourite places – I’ve lived in three different cities here) it would definitely be Ireland. I have family in the north, and I spent a winter working at a newspaper in County Cork. I loved all of the beautiful little towns, the vibrant cities and the gorgeous coastline. But I have to say the people are the best part of Ireland. Everybody you meet is warm and full of humour. I love reading Marian Keyes and Maeve Binchy because their books transport me from my house to gorgeous, green Ireland.

If you could be plopped down into any book, which one would it be?

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory! (I bet a lot of people say that …)

Thank you so much for participating in this interview, I’m delighted to have you on my blog and truly appreciate you taking the time to answer my questions!

Check out Genevieve’s Latest Release!

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AuthorGenevieve Gannon

Genre: Romance, Chick-Lit

Published: June 1, 2015 by Harper Collins

Violet is saving money: living on rice and beans and denying herself chocolate éclairs all in the name of saving for a home deposit. Once they save enough, she and Michael can buy a house, settle down and live happily ever after. But when Michael does the unthinkable, Violet is forced to rethink her life choices.

A chance encounter with Chris Campbell (first love, boy-next-door, The One That Got Away) spurs her into travelling to exotic locations she never dreamed she’d explore – Hong Kong, Vietnam, Varanasi – on a quest to catch up with Chris and lead a life of adventure.

Armed with hand sanitiser and the encouraging texts of her twin sister Cassandra, will Violet find true love before it’s too late? Or will the nerve-wracking experience of travelling send her back to Melbourne in search of safety and stability? Can she work out what she really wants before she is left with nothing?

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A bit more about the Author – Genevieve Gannon

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Genevieve Gannon is a Melbourne-based journalist and author. She wrote stories for music and fashion street press magazines while at university before moving to Canberra to do a journalism cadetship. In 2011 she joined the national news wire, Australian Associated Press, where she covered crime, politics and entertainment. Her work has appeared in most major Australian newspapers including The Age, The Australian and The Daily Telegraph. She currently lives in Melbourne where she is a court reporter. At night time she writes romantic comedies. Chasing Chris Campbell is her second novel.