Thursday, August 3, 2017

Aimee Brown is the new girl in town and she has a special giveaway

:Introduction and interview by Melissa Amster

We're excited to feature Aimee Brown at CLC today. A while back, we revealed the cover of her debut novel, Little Gray Dress. Today, she's here as part of her blog tour, to tell us what makes her tick. She also has a special prize package from her tour.

I met Aimee about two years ago, after reading a blog post she wrote about author etiquette. Since then, we've exchanged blogging woes and wrote some posts together. So I'm really happy for her to realize her dream of becoming a published author! And she definitely practices what she preaches, in terms of etiquette. Not only does she blog and write novels, but she also runs blog tours for authors. We've participated in many of them and she handles everything professionally, with a pleasant demeanor. She always has in mind the best interests of the authors she represents.

Aimee Brown is a writer and an avid reader. She’s currently studying for her Bachelor’s degree in English Writing. She spends much of her time writing, doing homework, raising three teenagers, binge watching shows on Netflix and obsessively cleaning and redecorating her house. She’s fluent in sarcasm and has been known to utter profanities like she’s competing for a medal. She's working on her second novel now.
Aimee grew up in Oregon but is now a transplant living in cold Montana with her husband of twenty years, three teenage children, and far too many pets.

She would love to hear your thoughts on Little Gray Dress! If you’d like to chat with her she’s very active on social media. You can find her at any of the networks below. Stop by and say hello!

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Emi Harrison has avoided her ex-fiance, Jack Cabot, for nearly two years. Her twin brother Evan’s wedding is about to end that streak.

From bad bridesmaid’s dresses, a hyperactive sister-in-law, a mean girl with even meaner secrets, and too much to drink, nothing seems to go right for Emi, except when she’s wearing her little gray dress.

When she speed-walks into Liam Jaxon’s bar, things get more complicated. He’s gorgeous, southern, and has no past with Emi. He may be exactly what she needs to prove for the last time that she doesn’t need or want Jack!

Her favorite little gray dress has made an appearance at nearly every major event in Emi’s adult life. Will it make another when she least expects it?

Book trailer:

What inspired you to write Little Gray Dress?
I adore weddings, and I love fast moving chick lit stories. There was no specific moment where I knew Little Gray Dress would be born, I just kind of started writing. After about chapter five, the characters really took over and thankfully I hadn’t outlined the story all out cause, I’m not sure it would have gone in the direction I would have expected.

As a blogger and now a writer, what is one rule you have for yourself when working with other book bloggers?
To be as personable, polite, timely and gracious as possible. As you and I both know book bloggers sometimes have to deal with less than thankful authors and that really makes the whole process miserable. If I’ve learned anything as a book blogger it’s that rude, entitled behavior will get you nothing faster than you ever thought possible. Bloggers are people, they talk, and they deserve to be treated as an important part of the publishing world because they are!

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone who wants to write a novel?
It’d probably be the two things I struggle with the most. One being, to just allow yourself to write badly for the first draft. It doesn’t matter how much it sucks, you’re the only one who’s going to see it. It’s SO much easier to perfect something that’s written than to write something perfectly from the first sentence.
The second thing is to let your mind wander. You don’t have to be an expert on a city or environment to write about it. That’s what Google is for. If you wanna write that happy-go-lucky crystal ball reading super sleuth, then do it. Research when you need to and ‘fix’ things later. Allow your imagination to go wild. Anything can happen in a book. If it couldn’t then the whole world of Harry Potter wouldn’t be quite as popular as it is.

If Little Gray Dress were to become a movie, who would you cast in the lead roles?
I love this question, mostly because I’ve thought about this and decided on my characters long ago, plus, who wouldn’t want their book to be a movie?!
As Emi- I’d cast Ashley Benson. I feel like she’s very much Emi’s personality type and could really pull off some of the ridiculous things Emi seems to get herself into.
As Jack- I’d cast Henry Cavill. Not only does he fit the part of tall, dark and handsome, like Jack but, his whole aura just screams his character to me.
As Liam- I’d choose Josh Duhamel. Actually, I wrote Liam’s entire character based off of Josh. I just can’t picture anyone else in that spot except for him.

Who is your celebrity girlcrush?
Ha! I don’t know that I’ve ever truly given this much thought. I love Kristen Bell (who doesn’t…) Reese Witherspoon, Sandra Bullock, and Jennifer Garner. But then again I also love Chelsea Handler and the fact that she says whatever she wants. I also totally admire people like Senator Elizabeth Warren and Attorney General Sally Yates for standing up for what was truly right even though there was a backlash.
I think I admire so many people that use their fame for good. I love seeing a celebrity speak up about the turmoil America is in right now or feed hungry families and adopt stray pets. So many of them are such inspirations at a time when the world really needs exactly that.

Which TV show(s) are you currently binge watching?
I’m not a HUGE TV watcher but I did just recently finish Pretty Little Liars. Needless to say, just like the rest of the world, I was terribly disappointed in the last few seasons and the series finale was no exception.
The show could have been absolutely incredible had the writer not insisted on following the trends of the world. Once she messed up the third reveal of A… there was no fixing it. There were no answers to the hundreds of plot holes, or to all the things she promised we’d get answers too. It really was a disappointing way to end 6 years of my time I’d had invested into the show.
Otherwise, I watch a lot of Netflix and Hulu. I love Raising Hope, Friends, Seinfeld, The Good Place (is it even still on? Or did Hulu lose the rights?), Superstore, Rules of Engagement and so many more.
I’m really excited for the new season of Will & Grace. It’s got me all hopeful that some of the other shows of the 90’s and early 2000’s will resurrect and reunite for another few seasons.

Aimee has the cutest giveaway for the tour - open worldwide.

Included is a 'create' coffee cup, some dark & handsome K-cup pods, a cute Life is Short, Eat Cake wall art, some tiny macaroons, and a Little Gray Dress bookmark and postcard!

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Visit the other stops on Aimee's tour:

Weds – August 2nd
Blog on the Run – Book Review/Author Guest Post after 2nd
Books and Photographs – Book Review
Judging More Than Just the Cover – Book Review/Author Interview
Nicole Evelina – Book Review/Guest Post

The Novel Girl Reads – Book Review/Excerpt/Author Q&A

Thurs – August 3rd
NovelGossip – Book Review
Hey Said Renee – Author Guest Post
Romantic Reads and Such – Book Excerpt

Steamy Book Mama – Book Review

Fri – August 4th
BrizzleLass Books – Book Review
O.D. Book Reviews – Book Excerpt

He Said Books or Me – Author Guest Post
Corinne Desjardins – Book Spotlight
Where Dragons Recide – Book Review/Author Q&A

Sat – August 5th
JenaBooks – Book Review – Spotlight Post
Got Books, Babe? – Author Guest Post
The Writing Garnet – Book Review

Sun – August 6th
I Read Novels – Book Review
It's my Life – Book Excerpt

RaeReads – Book Review
Kelee Morris – Author Guest Post
GrassMonster – Book Review

Mon – August 7th
Living Life with Joy – Book Review/Giveaway/Author Q&A
The Belgian Reviewer – Author Guest Post
Book Lover in Florida – Book Excerpt

Haddie’s Heaven – Spotlight Post
Books in my Opinion – Book Review

Literature Goals – Book Review/Excerpt/Author Q&A

Tue – August 8th
Reading to Unwind – Book Review
Kristin's Novel CafĂ© – Book Excerpt & Giveaway/Book Review
Key of Dee – Author Guest Post
FrankyBrown – Book Excerpt

Smokin’ Hot Reads Book Blog – Book Reviews

Weds – August 9th
Ink, Maps and Macarons – Giveaway/Author Q&A
Heartalefix – Book Review
Tea Party Princess – Author Guest Post/(possible) Review

One Book at a Time – Book Excerpt/Spotlight
TrashyBibloBlog – Book Review/Excerpt

Thurs – August 10th
ItaPixie’s Book Corner – Book Review/Excerpt
Rosa Temple Writes – Author Guest Post
Life at 17 – Spotlight Post

Daily Waffle – Book Excerpt/Author Q&A
Written by Deb - Guest Post

Fri – August 11th
Pretty Little Book Reviews – Book Review
Sparkly Word – Book Review

Books and Readers – Book Review/Excerpt/Giveaway/Guest Post
Ali the Dragon Slayer – Book Review

Rambling Lisa's Book Reviews – Book Review/Book Excerpt

Sat – August 12th
Life of a Simple Reader – Book Review/Excerpt
KD Reads – Book Review/Giveaway/Guest Post
D.K. Hamilton – Book Review/Author Q&A
20CC Reviews – Book Review


Janine said...

Sounds like a good book. Thanks for the recommendation!

Unknown said...

Thank you SO much for hosting me! I'm so glad we met! ❤️❤️

susieqlaw said...

Great interview!

The Book Sage said...

YOU KNOW EVERYBODY! I think that is really cool.