Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Love is in the air for Allison Winn Scotch....plus a book giveaway

Photo by Kat Tuohy
Allison Winn Scotch was one of the first authors we featured at CLC back in the summer of 2010. Today, she's celebrating the publication her seventh and latest novel, Between Me and You (reviewed here), and we are thrilled to have her here to kick off our first theme month of 2018. She's helping us revisit the theme of "Romance" and her book is a perfect fit. Thanks to Kathleen Carter Communications, we have THREE copies to give away!

Here are some fun facts about Allison, for your reading enjoyment:



In addition to fiction, she primarily focuses on celebrity interviews and profiles, which indulge her pop culture obsession and give her an excuse to read junky magazines and watch lots of TV.

When she is not planted in front of the computer, Allison is hiking, running (at least she was before breaking her leg last year, so now she's trying to go running), doing yoga, reading, serving as an Uber service for her kids, or hanging out with her family and their pooches, Pele and Paco.

Allison moved to Los Angeles in 2012 and loves it. She often writes about dysfunctional parents (but hers are really awesome). She's always, always listening to music and is on the lookout for bands or songs that will resonate with her writing.

Visit Allison online:
Website * Facebook * Twitter * Instagram


Synopsis:
When their paths first cross, Ben Livingston is a fledgling screenwriter on the brink of success; Tatum Connelly is a struggling actress tending bar in a New York City dive. They fall in love, they marry, they become parents, and they think only of the future. But as the years go by, Tatum’s stardom rises while Ben’s fades. In a marriage that bears the fallout of ambition and fame, Ben and Tatum are at a crossroads. Now all they can do is think back…

A life of passion, joy, tragedy, and loss—once shared—becomes one as shifting and unpredictable as a memory. As the pieces of their past come together, as they explore the ways love can bend and break, Ben and Tatum come to see how it all went wrong—and wonder what they can do now to make it all right. (Courtesy of Amazon.)


Favorite romantic movie:
Love, Actually! I didn’t even have to think about this one. ☺ We watch it every year around the holidays, and honestly, it delights me so much every time. The kiss at the end! The proposal in broken Portuguese! The flash cards (which admittedly could be a little creepy). Anyway. I love it.

Romantic gesture that happened to you:
I don’t know if this is a standard answer, but here it is: a few years ago, I was in a very bad ski accident. I couldn’t walk or drive or do anything for three months. It was harrowing, and one of my biggest concerns (beyond the physical recovery) was how my family would function without me. Well, my husband, who had often left the bulk of the family stuff (for lack of a better word) to me, totally stepped it up and took care of me and the entire household in ways that really demonstrated what deep love and long-term marriage are. Have I had spontaneous romantic moments throughout my life? Sure. But this was the ultimate sign of partnership and devotion.

Most romantic song:
Oh, I have so many! I am a music junkie. Ok, I’m going to offer two. My daughter just said “Cowboy Take Me Away” by the Dixie Chicks because I learned it on the guitar and surprised my husband with it at our wedding (he didn’t know I could even play). So that is for sure a good one. But for this book, I also have to say “Between Me and You” by Brandon Flowers. I listened to the song on repeat while writing it – thus the title – and it is all about the highs and lows of love and all the ways – metaphorically – you stay together. I have listened to it a thousand times by now, and it still cuts right to my heart every time.

TV show characters you are shipping:
I’m deep into Riverdale right now, so I gotta say Jughead and Betty!

Favorite marriage proposal that you witnessed (okay if it's your own):
Wait, is this a common thing? I honestly can’t even think of a marriage proposal that I’ve witnessed! (Other than mine!) What am I missing out on? I feel like there is a big romantic section of my life that I have gone without!! Ok, on my 2018 list: see more marriage proposals!

How did you meet your significant other?
Ha, this is a funny story. We met at the gym. Really! I saw him on the treadmill and thought he was super-cute. We used to play eye hockey all the time, and I was determined to meet him. Thus…I went to the gym SEVENTEEN days in a row in an attempt to run into him and screw up the nerve to talk to him. (Yes, I can see how this makes me sound crazy, but we got married, so….???)
Anyway, I finally was so sick of working out that I walked up to him one day at the water fountain and said, “Hey, did you go to Penn?” He was wearing, literally, head to toe Columbia gear (his alma mater), and it was clear (to everyone) that he had not, in fact, gone to Penn. ☺ But it was just an opening line!!! Anyway, he was so flustered that he just no and walked off. (Not a huge A-game, right?)
A few weeks later, I waved to him again (listen, I really thought he was very cute), and he came over and started talking to me. He STILL didn’t ask me out after forty-five minutes, and I was sick of it, so I handed him my card and said, “you should really call me sometime,” and then he stood there slack-jawed, while I finally got on the Stairmaster. (That’s what we did back then.) And then, thank the sweet lord, he finally did call the next day! I thought it would be a fun little fling, and eighteen years later, here we are. ☺

Thanks to Allison for visiting with us and to Kathleen Carter Communications for sharing her book with our readers.

How to win: Use Rafflecopter to enter the giveaway. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us. If you have trouble using Rafflecopter on our blog, enter the giveaway here

a Rafflecopter giveaway



Giveaway ends January 14th at midnight EST.

31 comments:

Holly said...

I love "The Way You Look Tonight."

Kristy F said...

Just The Way You Are by Bruno Mars

Carla S. said...

Color My World by Chicago.

TinaB said...

Perfect by Ed Sheeran

Janine said...

I am really into Sixx A.M. lately and love a couple songs James Michael did on his own. One that I can never get out of my head, once I listen to it is, Say It Once More.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xKOjZE0NvpM

Kelley B said...

Uptown Girl by Billy Joel

Suburban prep said...

James Ingram and John Tesh's --Give Me Forever I do.

Melanie Backus said...

I love Let It Be Me. It was sung at our wedding over forty two years ago and I still love it today.

Amber Blackburn said...

There are so many. It’s hard for me to choose my favorite. And I am so bad at remembering name a of songs and the artist lol.

traveler said...

The most romantic song is Il Mondo by Patrizio Buane.

JULIE CURTIS said...

Our song is Heaven by Bryan Adams

Cori said...

Fotografia by Juanes and Nelly Furtado. The music is beautiful and their voices have the most perfect harmony.

Anonymous said...

The new duet by Ed Sheran and Andre Bochelli.

Jennifer said...

I love "Kissing You" by Sade.

dstoutholcomb said...

I've always loved "I Can't Help Falling In Love With You" by Elvis.

denise

Rita Wray said...

Are You Lonesome Tonight? by Elvis Presley.

Susan Dyer said...

Evergreen by Ed Sheeran

Dianne Casey said...

Just the Way You Are by Bruno Mars

Bonnie K. said...

I love the music and lyrics to Unchained Melody by The Righteous Brothers.

bn100 said...

I Will Always Love You

Mary Preston said...

I actually can't choose one. Can I just say Michael Bublé?

Suzy said...

Come Undone by Duran Duran

Anita Yancey said...

There are so many good ones, so I'll just name my favorite song, Holding Out For A Hero.

Linda May said...

Perfect by Ed Sheeran.

jpetroroy said...

Valentine by Martina McBridge

rubynreba said...

Perfect by Ed Sheeran

A. B. said...

I think that Brantley Gilbert's "Fall Into Me" has held this honor since the very first time I heard it.
(Just turned on the track on...)
--Ann

Book Worm said...

I have been dying to read this book! My favorite is I will Always Love You by Whitney Houston. I cry when I hear it now.

Aire para respirar said...

anything by Frank Sinatra

Anonymous said...

Anything by Barry White and for pure loving lust: I Want To Kiss You All Over!


Kathleen Bylsma h5apby@yahoo.com

Dianna said...

I love "Lady in Red."