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Friday, June 26, 2015

BOOK SPOTLIGHT: Summer Secrets by Jane Green - Q&A + GIVEAWAY!

Hi guys and gals!
Welcome back to the Friday edition of Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

I don't know about all of you but I'm exhausted!  It's been a LONG week at work, in life, and in books...but the days just keep coming same as the great reads keep releasing so I suppose all we can do is try to keep up.  *takes cleansing breaths*  With that in mind, no time like the present to bring another book over to your radar, right?  ^-^  I thought you might agree.

Today's spotlight shines on the latest release from a well known writer that's already being toted as a "must read" by fans and authors alike.  It stars a young woman dealing with her past in order to try and sustain her here-and-now, let alone her future.  Ready to read all about it?  Here we go!  Today's book spotlight belongs to....

St. Martin's Press

About the book...
Cat was living the party life in London, drinking and partying every night. Everything changes for the 20-year-old when she discovers that the father she never knew was living in Nantucket. Now in her 30s, Cat is sober, but divorced and desperately trying to make up the time she lost with her daughter. Cat is forced to face the past and the fateful events of one summer night many years ago. Cat learns that confronting the events will impact her future in ways she could have never imagined.


Pretty interesting stuff, if I do say so myself and I deeply enjoyed my last experience with her work, so I'm doubly excited.  

Now, it's not slated for my "to read" list until early Fall, however I simply had to know more in the mean time and thought, just might want to come along on that ride of curiosity.  Hopefully I was right, but in either case, ladies and gents, get ready to get a behind the scenes look at the story and the mind behind it.  Please welcome, author Jane Green!


Q&A with Author Jane Green

SUMMER SECRETS is set partly in London and partly in Nantucket.  Why did you choose these settings?
I can’t ever get too far from my London roots. It’s hard for me to write about it now, it has changed so much since I moved away fifteen years ago, but I grew up there, and I love that nostalgic jolt I get when I delve into my memories for my characters. And Nantucket is the most magical place on earth – if I could set every book there, I would.

In SUMMER SECRETS, Cat confronts a secret in her family’s past. Was this plotline inspired by any personal experiences?
My husband has a cousin who recently discovered, in his 50s, that the man he thought was his father wasn’t his father. Coincidentally, I have cousins who don’t know they are related to me — the result of an illicit affair one of my uncles had years ago. I am fascinated by the secrets people keep, and the impact those have on our lives.

How and when do you write? Please describe your writing routine, rituals, and traditions. 
I write in the mornings, taking myself off to a small writer's room in town where I sequester myself for three or four hours. I need frequent large cups of coffee and spare batteries for the huge noise-cancelling headphones I wear, listening to either classical or ambient music. I buy a new notebook dedicated to each new book Large, thin enough to slip into my computer case, the very first page always contains notes on the story, before moving on to characters. All my thoughts and notes go into the book, always in longhand, before being typed up on the computer. And it’s usually pink.

What have you read lately that you’ve loved?
I was lucky enough to read I Take You by Eliza Kennedy as an advance copy, and it had me crying with laughter in a way I hadn’t since Bridget Jones’s Diary. Primates of Park Avenue by Wednesday Martin is another I was lucky enough to read early, and another I plan to revisit, savoring the stories of hoity toity women on the Upper East Side of New York.

Any other books you are looking forward to reading this summer?
Laura Dave is not only one of my favorite writers, but one of my favorite people. Her latest, Eight Hundred Grapes, is first on my list. Jamie Attenberg’s The Middlesteins was a wonderful, poignant book. So I can’t wait to dive into Saint Mazie. And what can I say? Who won’t be reading Judy Blume’s In the Unlikely Event this summer?

What can you tell us about the next Jane Green novel? And how long will we have to wait for it?
With any luck I’ll be finished in August of this year. It’s called The Hemlock Sisters (although that could change), and it’s about three estranged sisters who reunite when their mother announces she is ill.

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About the author...

A graduate of the French Culinary Institute in New York, Green filled two of her books, Saving Grace and Promises to Keep, with recipes culled from her own collection. She says she only cooks food that is “incredibly easy, but has to look as if you have slaved over a hot stove for hours.” This is because she has five children, and has realized that “when you have five children, nobody ever invites you anywhere.”

She lives in Westport, Connecticut with her husband and their blended family. When she is not writing, cooking, gardening, filling her house with friends and herding chickens, she is usually thanking the Lord for caffeine-filled energy drinks. A malignant melanoma survivor who also lives with Chronic Lyme Disease, she believes gratitude and focusing on the good in life is the secret to happiness.

Jane Green’s seventeenth novel, Summer Secrets, will be released in the US on June 23rd and on July 2nd in the UK. She is the author of sixteen previous New York Times Bestselling novels, including The Beach House, Jemima J, and most recently Saving Grace which is due out in paperback in early June.



Special thanks to Laura at Tandem Literary for the chance to bring this promotion to all of you and the author Jane Green for sharing a bit about herself, her work, and what's on the horizon.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title, the author, the publisher, or those promotions on the horizon, feel free to click through the links provided above.  This title just celebrated its book birthday this past Tuesday via St. Martin's Press, so be on the lookout for it on a bookstore shelf or virtual retailer of your choosing.  Be sure to check back this September all as I dive between the pages for a breath of Spring air in the midst of Fall.  In the mean time, how would you like a chance to win a copy of this very book?  Here's your chance!

Thanks to the generosity of the fab teams at Tandem Literary and St. Martin's Press, I have  the chance to bring this title to YOUR mailbox!  All you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form below and you're in it to win it!  Open to US entries only, no P.O. Boxes please.  Entries accepted through midnight July 4, 2015.

Until next time...happy reading!


Felicity Grace Terry said...

Interesting questions and answers, I'm always intrigued by the writing habits of authors.

traveler said...

Thanks for this super summer giveaway. My favorite summer pleasure and indulgence is custard ice cream. Simply delightful. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

Shooting Stars Mag said...

Hmm...probably ice cream, but even that isn't really JUST summer. haha Thanks for sharing - sounds like a really good book. And I love hearing what authors like to read.


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