Friday, July 1, 2016

Allison Winn Scotch is just like us...plus a book giveaway

Photo by Kat Tuohy Photography
We want to wish a happy pub day to Allison Winn Scotch for her latest novel, In Twenty Years. The last time she visited us was THREE years ago, when we featured The Theory of Opposites. We're glad to have her back here and hope it won't be as long until her next book comes out.

Allison Winn Scotch is the New York Times bestselling author of six novels, including Time of My Life and The One That I Want. She lives in Los Angeles with her family and their dogs.Visit Allison at her website, Facebook, and Twitter.

Today, Allison is helping us kick off our July theme...Loaded Questions (yes, from the board game). We can tell that she had fun with the random questions we sent her!

Thanks to Get Red PR, we have TWO copies of In Twenty Years for some lucky readers anywhere in the world!


Synopsis:
Twenty years ago, six Penn students wrote down their dreams for the future, vowing to stay friends forever. Two decades later, following the untimely death of their much-beloved ringleader, Bea, the five remaining friends reluctantly gather at their alma mater to honor her and in doing so, unrequited feelings, personal truths, and old grudges resurface.

In alternating points of view, IN TWENTY YEARS features a cast of characters reflecting on the indiscretions of their youth and questioning their respective paths in life. Catherine, the CEO of a domestic empire, and Owen, a stay-at-home dad, were picture-perfect college sweethearts—but now teeter on the brink of disaster. Lindy, a well-known musician, is pushing middle age in an industry that’s all about youth and slowly self-destructing as she grapples with her own identity. Behind his smile, handsome plastic surgeon Colin harbors the heartbreaking truth about his own history with Bea. And Annie carefully curates her life on social media, keeping up appearances so she doesn’t have to face the truth about her own empty reality. Reunited in the place where so many dreams began, and bolstered by the hope of healing, each of them is forced to contend with unresolved issues and confront the past.





What one object in your home are you most embarrassed about owning?
Well, I am a big purger, so anything that is super-embarrassing or horrid has probably been tossed. That said, I was recently cleaning out my office, and I found a DVD I didn’t recognize. Then I remembered: it was a DVD of an early season of The Bachelorette!! Remember Ian and Meredith?? Well, I guess I couldn’t get enough because I seem to have purchased their season on DVD from…I think someone on ebay? OMG, seriously, top that for embarrassing.

If you could invent one modern convenience, what would it be?
Oh gosh, so many. I would like an automatic gas refill so I never have to go to the station (I am the type who lets her tank go alllllll the way down to, like, 5 miles left), an automatic car wash where I just press a button and my car self-cleans (can you tell that I live in LA and spend a lot of time in my car?), a coffee IV that goes directly into me as soon as I open my eyes, a teleporting machine so I could be in NYC (or anywhere) with a press of a button. As it is, I spend a lot of time on airplanes.

If you could have been a star in any movie, which movie would you choose?
Gosh, I don’t even know where to begin! Argh, I feel so lame not being able to come up with an answer! Probably something that required me learning a new skill set…rock climbing or sword fighting or a new language or something. I just listened to a podcast with Jodi Foster, and she said something similar: that for her, the acting isn’t what’s interesting, it’s the challenge of developing a new skill, and I think, because I get bored kinda easily, the same is probably true for me. That said, I have a ginormous crush on Timothy Olyphant, so I will happily say anything co-starring him, just so we can smooch.

What do you consider the ultimate vacation?
Funny, this has changed over the years. I used to be a total beach bum and loved nothing more than vegging out all day. Now, with kids who are old enough to get restless and enjoy exploring, I’m much more into something active or venturing into a new city. Paris or Florence or the like. We’ve never been to Greece, so maybe that’s a combination of my old and new selves: incredible islands but still lots to explore. That said, as a fairly busy working parent, I consider any time off – regardless of where I am in the world – a vacation. Truly.

If you were the personal assistant to one celebrity, who would you choose?
Hmmm, I live in LA, so I see celebs around fairly often and they kind of lose their allure, in the sense of…stars really are just like us. They’re at our schools, at the grocery stores, at the gym. So, that said, is it totally uncool if I don’t pick a celeb – because I really have no interest in running more errands than I already do! - and say someone like, Hillary Clinton? Oh wait, speaking of politics, if I had to choose a celeb, I’d say Julia Louis-Dreyfus because I’m in love with her and maybe we could be BFFs. But other than her, I think it would be pretty fascinating to be a fly on the wall (okay, an assistant) to a brain and a campaign like Hillary’s.

Fill in the blank: I'm always amused when I see people:
Taking selfies. Like we can’t see you making those duck lips!

Thanks to Allison for playing the game and to Get Red PR for sharing her book with our readers.

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Giveaway ends July 6th at midnight EST.

26 comments:

Janine said...

One thing I would say to myself 20 years ago is don't give up. I had a lot of dreams back then and I let my fears get in the way and never did anything that I wanted to do. Now it's just too late to even think about it.

Jennifer said...

I'm always amused when I see people reading a book I've read and loved. I just wanted to sit down and talk to them about it, but I'm sure they'd just think I was so crazy!

Bonnie Franks said...

People that are phony. Phonies amuse me.

Anonymous said...

It amuses me when I see people at Wal-Mart wearing there pj bottoms, does it take too much to put on some jeans or shorts. This book looks amazing & Thanks for this generous giveaway. Linda May

Gena S said...

Just breathe. Everything will be alright.

traveler said...

Have more confidence and don't worry so much.

Elizabeth Glenn said...

I agree with Allison. It amuses me to see people take selfies. I have a friend on FB who posts one every day. I just don't understand that!

Diana said...

One thing I would say to myself 20 years ago is Your current "best friend" Kick her out. You'll thank me for life.
Seriously, NEVER stop reading. Never stop learning. Never stop studying. EVER.

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Linda Kish said...

I would tell myself to watch my money better. It's not going to keep coming as easily as I'm used to. And, it's going to find it's way out far too fast.

Susan Roberts said...

I would tell myself to relax and have more fun. Most of the things that are worrying you aren't that important

Cher B said...

Amused by: animals, other people's happy kids and people who sing and dance with joy if not talent!
To myself twenty years ago: what are you waiting for?! Get back out there and do it!

Thanks for the chance to win, I've enjoyed each of Alison Winn Scotch's books, my favorite is Time of My Life.

Peg Grant said...

What I would say to myself 20 years ago is don't wait. Do it, see it, live now.

L Bryant said...

I would tell my self 20 years ago not to worry because all turns out great and I will have four wonderful children.

Rita said...

I would have told myself you don't have to be perfect.

Susan Peterson said...

I would have told myself to use sunscreen and get mammograms, since in the last 9 years I've had melanoma and breast cancer. :(

Mary Preston said...

I'm always amused when I see people trying to parallel park.

jpetroroy said...

You are enough.

bn100 said...

have more fun

Nova said...

don't wish your life away. enjoy the moments as they happen.

Melanie Backus said...

Enjoy every day...they fly by much to quickly.

Amy Bez said...

Live in the moment and have faith that all will work out

Tami said...

I would tell myself to lighten up and not be so serious!

Amber @ A Little Pink in the Cornfields said...

I was 14 and I would tell myself then that high school isn't the end of the world, things DO get better and to focus more on school and grades than popularity.

Bonnie K. said...

I don't mean to be cruel; I'm always amused when I see people trying to move their carts that lock up in the parking lot and won't move outside of its marked boundaries.

Nina said...

Oh boy, what would I say to myself 20 years ago? "It IS just baby fat!" :P

Tatum Rangel said...

I would tell my 14-year-old self that I'll accomplish everything I want.