Monday, July 3, 2017

Beatriz Williams is right on "Target"...plus a book giveaway

It's July and we have a new theme...Shopping! Helping us kick it off is Beatriz Williams. Her latest novel, Cocoa Beach, came out last week and HarperCollins has one copy to give away! A few months ago The Wicked City also published. Her book covers are gorgeous and what's inside takes readers through time, as well as on a virtual vacation.

Beatriz Williams is the New York Times bestselling author of A Hundred Summers, The Secret Life of Violet Grant, Along the Infinite Sea, A Certain Age, and several other works of historical fiction. A graduate of Stanford University with an MBA in Finance from Columbia University, Beatriz worked as a communications and corporate strategy consultant in New York and London before she turned her attention to writing novels that combine her passion for history with an obsessive devotion to voice and characterization. Beatriz’s books have been translated into more than a dozen languages and appear regularly in bestseller lists around the world.

Born in Seattle, Washington, Beatriz now lives near the Connecticut shore with her husband and four children, where she divides her time between writing and laundry. (Bio courtesy of Beatriz's website.)

Visit Beatriz online:
Website * Facebook * Twitter * Instagram

Synopsis:
The New York Times bestselling author of A Certain Age transports readers to lush, lawless Prohibition-era Florida in this rich historical novel—an intricate blend of suspense, betrayal, and redemption set among the rum runners and scoundrels of a paradise far from home.

France, 1917. Virginia Fortescue journeys overseas with the Red Cross in order to escape the claustrophobia of a childhood spent hiding her father’s criminal past. While driving an ambulance across the battlefields of the Western Front, she meets a brilliant, charismatic British army surgeon and falls into a passionate affair. But Captain Simon Fitzwilliam’s charm disguises a history filled with its own darkness, and as the war draws to its close, Virginia is forced into a terrifying choice for herself and their unborn child.

Florida, 1922. Newly widowed, Virginia Fitzwilliam arrives in the tropical boomtown of Cocoa Beach to settle her estranged husband’s estate, and discovers a dazzling new world of citrus groves, white beaches, and rumrunners, to which Simon’s brother and sister welcome her tenderly. But Virginia senses a predatory presence lurking beneath the hedonistic surface of this oasis. The more she learns about Simon’s life in Florida, the more she fears that the uncanny circumstances of his demise point to a sinister agency, and that her life as well as their daughter’s may lie next in its crosshairs…
(Courtesy of Beatriz's website.)


Current favorite place to shop:
My local independent bookstores, of course! But as a mom of four children—from elementary school to teenagers—I have to say that Target is my addiction. I can pick up orange juice and tennis balls and a dress from the Victoria Beckham capsule collection, all in one stop. And since we moved out to a more rural part of Connecticut, I have a new and even more dangerous temptation—not one but two outlet malls within a twenty-minute drive. I now own five or six Kate Spade handbags. I tell myself I don’t have a problem because I need them to match my book tour outfits.

Last item you purchased in a store:
If you set aside all the endless groceries required to fuel my teenagers, that would be a pair of (replacement) sunglasses from the J Crew Factory store. (Again with the outlets, but I did manage to avoid the Kate Spade store this time!)

Do you participate in Black Friday sales?
I just can’t! Like most writers, I’m allergic to crowds. But I do go online during Black Friday weekend and clean up.

Favorite purchase from the past year:
I’m going back to my first answer—that Victoria Beckham dress. It was on sale for twenty dollars and it looks unbelievable. The cut and the fabric punch way, way above the price point. Even my husband said “Wow!” when I came out of the closet, and he usually only says that when there’s cleavage involved.

Retail or thrift?
Retail because I’m a lazy shopper, except for this wonderful furniture consignment store in our town where I get all my housewares. I sent my husband there for Christmas shopping, and he came back with a set of sherry glasses and a silver cocktail tray. Best Christmas ever!

Favorite commercial for a store or product:
Definitely that Staples back-to-school commercial where the parents dance through the store to “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”, throwing school supplies into the shopping cart. That sums it all up.

Thanks to Beatriz for visiting and HarperCollins for sharing her book with our readers.


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Giveaway ends July 9th at midnight EST.

34 comments:

Janine said...

I also have an addiction much like Beatriz. My favorite purchase this year is a Kate Spade bag too. But mine wasn't from the outlet. It had been sold out for a long time, but popped up on Nordstrom's website one day (probably a return). A Kate Spade black cat handbag.

Jane said...

Would love to win this book. Her books are amazing.

Kelly RS said...

Happy 4th of July... Love getting deals at the Maxx (T J Maxx) including designer handbags! I'm addicted to a bargain and books!

Carla S. said...

Would love to win this book! My favorite purchase is a vintage handmade Turkish rug.

Bonnie Franks said...

I have not purchased anything (other than books) for myself in quite some time, but I love to find things for others. Would love to read this book! She is one of my favorite writers.

Becky Richardson said...

My favorite thing I purchased is a Kindle. I can't live without it now!

oceanbreeze7784@yahoo.com said...

My favorite purchase was actually last year but it wasnt for myself but for my sister in law. We were at the shore and she loved this sea turtle door mat. Her mom, who has passed, loved sea turtles and it reminded her of her mom. The morning we left, my brother and sister in law, were going to A.C. and we were going home. But instead of leaving right away, we went back to the store and I purchased the rug for a Christmas present. Needless to say, she was very surprised at Christmas.

jtmswim said...

So far my favorite purchases this year are The Women in the Castle and The Lost Letter.

Jennifer Huelsebusch said...

Love Beatriz's books! My favorite purchase was a new car! My previous car was 12 1/2 years old with 220,000 miles on it so it was time.

Margie Shaw said...

I used to love to shop but as I get older, not so much. I think my best purchase was probably my Kindle Paperwhite. I really enjoy reading from it, it's easy on the eyes, and I like the instant gratification you get when you buy a new book. My only problem is I tend to buy way too many!

Heather Hahn said...

My favorite purchase this year has been a hoodie from Evy's Tree name Heather. I like to buy things that have my name in them.

Anonymous said...

I would say books.
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Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for the chance to win Beatriz' new book. I love her writing and would be thrilled to win a copy.

Rita Wray said...

My favorite purchase was three pairs of shoes.

Dianne Casey said...

My favorite purchase, if you can call it that, was adopting my two kittens, Hamilton and Jefferson. I can't imagine life without them.

Suzy said...

I've wanted a red handbag for a while, but have had a difficult time finding one that was just the right shade of red. Finally found the perfect red tote at Kate Spade a few months ago. The shade of red is exactly what I was looking for.

Laurice McClung said...

My favorite purchase this year was the Alice Network

Bonnie K. said...

My favorite purchase last year is a new queen-sized bed for our guest room. We've always had a used bed or a thrift store find. This was our first major furniture purchase in our 33 years of marriage.

Mary Preston said...

I bought some new back steps - cost a small fortune.

Kimberly S said...

I've found some great deals on decor items for my daughter's wedding. Which makes her very happy.

HedgeHogi said...

A helmet and communication gear for my husband and I to para-glide together!

Melanie Backus said...

I just purchased a new travel trailer.

Jennifer C said...

I've bought some new layering clothes that are great for work because they are more stylist than what i was wearing and also warm because it's always cold at work.

Aire para respirar said...

The almost complete collection of PD James

Grandma Cootie said...

One Perfect Lie

Hailey Fish said...

The best purchase of this year was my 2014 chocolate brown Honda Civic that I love and cherish with all my heart! The cost of feeling independent and being able to go wherever and whenever I want is priceless!

Nancy said...

My favorite purchases was furniture for our new grand baby's room.

Nancy
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rubynreba said...

My favorite purchase this year was new fencing for our yard!

traveler said...

I enjoy buying the grandchildren clothing and unique toys perfect for playing outside in the parks during the summer. For me I don't bother at all.

bn100 said...

chair

Tatum Rangel said...

My favorite purchase was a new journal. :)

Book Worm said...

My favorite purchase this year was my Lucky Brand purse. Beautiful, soft leather. Thanks for the chance to win this book!

rhonda said...

A vintage necklaceđź’•

Susan I said...

I try to avoid Target as much as possible, but while picking up falsies to fill out my bridesmaid's dress (ahem), I picked up a fabulous orange Victoria Beckham for Target miniskirt. It has retro 1960s styling I just love. For $9!