Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Spotlight and Giveaway: California Summer

We are pleased to feature Anita Hughes' latest novel, California Summer. Thanks to St. Martin's Press, we have TWO copies to share with some lucky readers!

Ben and Rosie are Hollywood's newest director/producer dream team. After hitting it big at Sundance, it seems that their ten years of love and hard work are finally paying off. Rosie is happy making independent films, but Ben wants the A-List celebrity package: a house in Beverly Hills, fancy cars in the driveway, and his name on the biggest blockbusters. He's willing to do anything, even sleep with the most famous producer in town, to get them.

Rosie is devastated by Ben's affair, and she decides to take a break from show business. She accepts her best friend's invitation to spend the summer at her parents' estate in Montecito. It's far away from L.A., the perfect place to start over.

In Montecito, Rosie meets a colorful cast of characters including Rachel, who owns a chocolate shop, and Josh, a handsome local who splits his time between surfing and classic cars. Suddenly Rosie has new friends and a new purpose. She opens a fish taco store in the village with her secret college recipe. Everyone is buzzing about Rosie's tacos, including Colby, the "it" teen heartthrob who writes a Billboard hit song about Rosie following her dreams. The store is an instant sensation, but Rosie knows that success comes with a price, and the price might be losing love again.

"Anita Hughes is a master at sweeping the reader away to an exotic location! In CALIFORNIA SUMMER, Hughes takes us behind the gates to the manicured lawns, exquisite gardens, and mansions of Hollywood royalty to experience a second chance at a career and love. The perfect beach read!"
~Mary Alice Monroe, New York Times bestselling author of Beach House Reunion

"A tender and triumphant look at what happens when life falls apart and you are left to rediscover the world through an entirely different lens than the one you imagined: new friends, new passions, new roads. Anita Hughes crafts a winning heroine you absolutely root for, and CALIFORNIA SUMMER made my heart sing."
~Allison Winn Scotch, New York Times bestselling author of Between Me and You

Photo by Sheri Geoffreys
Anita Hughes is the author of Monarch Beach, Market Street, Lake Como, French Coast, Rome in Love, Island in the Sea, Santorini Sunsets, Christmas in Paris, White Sand, Blue Sea, Emerald Coast, and Christmas in London. She attended UC Berkeley's Masters in Creative Writing Program, and lives in Dana Point, California, where she is at work on her next novel. For more information about Anita and her books, visit her website and follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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27 comments:

Janine said...

I have never been to LA, but hope to go one day. I think the first thing I would check out would be the beach.

randy oaklief said...

This book sounds like a perfect read for the beach. Looking forward to reading it!

StoreyBookLover said...

I have never been beyond the airport in LA to catch a connecting flight. If I had the chance to go, I would definitely want to check out the Hollywood Walk of Fame!

Linda May said...

I've been to LA a long time ago visited Rodeo Drive & Grauman's Chinese Theater. Thanks for your generosity.

Suburban prep said...

The month after graduation from college I moved to LA. I lived there through the summer and got myself a few jobs. I loved the last job I had and made friends with a few people. But I guess I was a bit homesick and went back home after a year in LA. I have enjoyed going back to visit friends.

traveler said...

I enjoyed several visits to LA. Santa Monica beach, the wonderful fairfax neighborhood and the market.

Margie Shaw said...

I have never been to California but would love to go!

Bookapotamus said...

I have and I love the weather and the excitement... but I don't love the traffic and the cost of things!

RD said...

I loved LA. I went there many years ago and took in all the touristy sites and loved the weather!

Jennifer said...

I've never been, but there is a romance-themed bookstore there called The Ripped Bodice that I'd love to visit!

Anonymous said...

Never been, but the beach sounds beautiful.
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dstoutholcomb said...

I've been to the airport en route to other destinations. I'd love to see the Hollywood sign.

Mary C said...

I've never been to L.A. I'd like to visit Universal Studios.

holdenj said...

We did a Disneyland trip when I was a kid, and visited a friend of my mom's who lived in Los Angeles. There was a tremor and the La Brea tarpits made a big impression!

Rita Wray said...

I live in California so I've been to LA many times. I have done the usual tourist things while there. Lots of fun things to do.

Mary Preston said...

I'm not sure what I'd want to see first in LA.

Grandma Cootie said...

I have mostly just driven through and done touristy things so I'm not sure I have a sense of what it's really like.

Dianne Casey said...

I have been to Los Angeles, years ago. If I went back I would like to go to Hollywood and Rodeo Drive.

Linda Kish said...

I lived there for about 20 years, went to high school and college. The only thing I don't like is the traffic. Now, I live a couple hours away.

Tatum Rangel said...

I was born and raised in L.A., actually. :)

Lesley McIntosh said...

I have never been to LA but it sounds a nice warm place compared with winter in New Zealand so the beach would be great , and of course the Hollywood sign and the houses etc.

Summer said...

I've been there a couple times, it's a lot of fun to go see TV shows filmed, I was lucky enough to see an episode of Friends shot.

bn100 said...

yes, interesting

desdemona said...

I have been to L.A. a few years ago and I loved it. It's a vibrant city filled with diverse areas and people.

Karina Thibodeau said...

I was in LA years ago. I enjoyed the beaches but hated the traffic.

Kelley B said...

I have been to Coronado Island!! Gorgeous.

Sherry said...

I've been to LA..it's ok. I like San Diego and Northen California more.