Thursday, July 17, 2014

Relaxing on the sand with Taylor Jenkins Reid....plus a book giveaway

Today we welcome Taylor Jenkins Reid. If you haven’t read her debut, Forever, Interrupted, well then you must. It was named one of the “11 Debuts We Love” by Kirkus Reviews. Only 5 days ago, Variety announced that it is going to be a feature film staring Dakota Johnson! Talk about some huge excitement. Her latest, After I Do, came out July 1st. In addition to being an author, Taylor is an essayist from Acton, Massachusetts. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Alex, and their dog, Rabbit.

Visit Taylor at her website, Facebook, and Twitter.

Taylor is here to talk about some of her favorite summer activities. Thanks to BookSparks, we have one signed copy of After I Do to give away. Taylor has also offered up two wine glasses to the winner (like the ones on the front cover)! US only.

Synopsis of After I Do
When Lauren and Ryan’s marriage reaches the breaking point, they come up with an unconventional plan. They decide to take a year off in the hopes of finding a way to fall in love again. One year apart, and only one rule: they cannot contact each other. Aside from that, anything goes.

Lauren embarks on a journey of self-discovery, quickly finding that her friends and family have their own ideas about the meaning of marriage. These influences, as well as her own healing process and the challenges of living apart from Ryan, begin to change Lauren’s ideas about monogamy and marriage. She starts to question: When you can have romance without loyalty and commitment without marriage, when love and lust are no longer tied together, what do you value? What are you willing to fight for?

This is a love story about what happens when the love fades. It’s about staying in love, seizing love, forsaking love, and committing to love with everything you’ve got. And above all, After I Do is the story of a couple caught up in an old game—and searching for a new road to happily ever after. (Courtesy of BookSparks)


When I go to the beach, I MUST bring these three things:
Books, magazines, sandwiches. (I know you're supposed to say sunscreen and I DO bring sunscreen but I'm much more excited about the books, magazines, and sandwiches.)

Favorite amusement park:
My father's side of the family runs the Jolly Rodger in Ocean City, Maryland so I'm partial to that one.

Favorite water activity:
Floating. And I've never been to a swim up bar but if it's anything like I imagine, I'll have to change my answer.

What do you do on Fourth of July?
I eat pulled pork and potato salad and cole slaw and hot dogs on Hawaiian sweet buns and then I try to get home in time to soothe my dog who is terrified of fireworks.

Favorite chick lit novel that takes place in the summer:
I'd have to go with either A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams or Seating Arrangements by Maggie Shipstead. Both wonderful books set in small towns off the East Coast.

Favorite movie that takes place in the summer:
The Sandlot. Nothing can ever match how much it meant to me as a kid. My brother and I loved it so much we'd watch it and then rewind the tape and watch it again.

Thanks to Taylor for visiting with us and offering up the wine glasses and BookSparks for sharing After I Do with our readers.

~Introduction by Amy Bromberg

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US only. Giveaway ends July 22nd at midnight EST.

30 comments:

Janine said...

I'm not a big fan of amusement parks. But, I'll pick Six Flags since it's the closest to home.

Jenny B said...

Kings Dominion was my favorite as a kid.

Bonnie Franks said...

Can't do them now, but when I could, it was Wildwood, NJ.

Nicole said...

Disney World is my favorite ... Close to home, I love Six Flags New England

Milena Mutter said...

Hershey Park, because I love chocolate

Suzanne said...
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Suzanne said...

Disney, or King's Island (for roller coasters).

Courtney Giardina said...

Hershey Park!

Bridget T. said...

Disneyland!

Lisamarie said...

My Favorite amusement park is Disneyland.

ErinEP said...

Hard to choose which park in Disney World!

jpetroroy said...

Six Flags!

Linda Kish said...

Disneyland

TinaB said...

Universal Studios in Orlando

Nova said...
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Nova said...

King's Island in Ohio.
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debb1955 said...

Knoebel's Amusement Park in central PA.

Bonnie K. said...

I'm not really a big fan of amusement parks. I would have to say the one I remember fondly is the Santa Cruz Boardwalk.

S.Sabia said...

As a teenager I loved going to Kings Dominion in Virginia. My friends and I would often pile into one of our cars and head down for a day of fun. Nowadays I'm much happier to watch my kids enjoy the rides.

susieqlaw said...

Disney

Anita Yancey said...

I would have to say Six Flags, since it is the only one we have been to in years. Thanks for having the giveaway.

Carl Scott said...

I really enjoyed Canada'a Wonderland outside Toronto when we went there many years ago. They had quite a few roller-coasters which I love so it was a lot of fun. Thanks

jodi marinich said...

have to say disney world

Julie N. said...

Disney world!

Pink2 said...

I like Knotts Berry Farm in CA

Maureen said...

Busch Gardens in Virginia is a favorite.

bn100 said...

Disneyland

pascale said...

disneyland!!!!!

winemama said...

Kings Island

Anonymous said...

Not a big fan of amusement rides but Silver Dollar City in Branson Mo is beautiful and a nice park! Linda W frogz60@hotmail.com