Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Abby Jimenez is playing a happy tune...plus a book giveaway

Today we're pleased to welcome Abby Jimenez to CLC. Her latest novel, The Happy Ever After Playlist, published last week. It looks like a fun story, especially with a dog at the center of it. Thanks to Grand Central Publishing, we have THREE copies for some lucky readers! 

USA Today bestselling author, Abby Jimenez, is a Food Network champion and motivational speaker living in Minnesota. Abby founded Nadia Cakes out of her home kitchen back in 2007. The bakery has since gone on to win numerous Food Network competitions and has amassed an international cult following. Abby's wry literary wit was spotlighted as the admin behind the hilarious viral comments on the now famous Nadia Cakes Vageode™ cake. Abby loves a good romance, coffee, doglets, and not leaving the house. (Bio courtesy of Abby's website.)

Visit Abby online:
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Two years after losing her fiancé, Sloan Monroe still can't seem to get her life back on track. But one trouble-making pup with a "take me home" look in his eyes is about to change everything. With her new pet by her side, Sloan finally starts to feel more like herself. Then, after weeks of unanswered texts, Tucker's owner reaches out. He's a musician on tour in Australia. And bottom line: He wants Tucker back.

Well, Sloan's not about to give up her dog without a fight. But what if this Jason guy really loves Tucker? As their flirty texts turn into long calls, Sloan can't deny a connection. Jason is hot and nice and funny. There's no telling what could happen when they meet in person. The question is: With his music career on the rise, how long will Jason really stick around? And is it possible for Sloan to survive another heartbreak? (Courtesy of Amazon.)

What did you learn from writing The Friend Zone that you applied to The Happy Ever After Playlist?
Well, I wrote The Happy Ever After Playlist first and then The Friend Zone, so I'm going to swap the books when I answer the question. LOL

I think my biggest takeaway after having one book under my belt, is to rely on my instincts. I was so focused on doing things the "right way" when I wrote HEAP that it stilted my writing a bit and I actually had to go back and redo a lot of it. For example, I write in the first person so a lot of sentences start with "I". Several people in my critique circle told me you can't start too many sentences with "I". That it's a big no no. So to avoid it, I'd change "I got up and went to the door" to "getting up, I went to the door." That's crazy—because literally nobody talks like that! One of the strengths of my writing is the conversational tone of it. And when I tried to follow all these silly rules, I ended up ruining what was so great about my voice. My instinct was to do it my way, too many "I's" be dammed, but I was too afraid to do things wrong. By the time I wrote The Friend Zone, I'd moved on from that and decided that I would make my own rules.

What is a favorite compliment you have received on your writing?
I love it when people say they feel like they're in the room with my characters. Making imaginary people feel real is a huge compliment.

If The Happy Ever After Playlist were made into a movie, who would you cast in the lead roles?
Theresa Palmer for Sloan and a bearded Chris Evans for Jason.

What are some songs on your The Happy Ever After Playlist playlist?
“In the Mourning” by Paramore is the opening song for the book, chapter one, and it's beyond perfect. I love “Electric Love” for the chapter where Jason and Sloan kiss for the first time and “Name” by the Goo Goo Dolls for the chapter where Sloan finds out who Jason really is.

What is the last movie you saw that you would recommend?
I can't really remember the last movie I watched, but can I recommend The Tiger King?

What is the first thing you plan to do when the social distancing orders are lifted (whenever that may be)?
I can't wait to sit in a restaurant and order a drink and a nice dinner!

Thanks to Abby for visiting with us and to Grand Central Publishing for sharing her book with our readers.

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Nancy P said...

My playlist is pretty diverse but I like having upbeat songs that motivate me around the house.

Linda May said...

I love all the songs by Carrie Underwood. Thanks for this very generous giveaway.

Melissa said...

My playlist would definitely include songs by Maroon 5, John Mayer, Jason Mraz, Colbie Calliat, Alicia Keys, Carrie Underwood, Lady Antebellum, Dan & Shay and so many more!

Suburban prep said...

I like the Give Me forever (I Do) by John Tesh and James Ingram

Nina said...

I always have Yesterday by the Beatles on my playlist. It's one of my favorite songs.

traveler said...

My playlist would consist of all the 1950's blues and R & B.

Donamae Kutska said...

All you need is love the Beatles I like Beatles songs

Rita Wray said...

I have some rock, classical, country and even a little rap. I love music, all kinds.

Nancy said...

I like 60's rock and roll , John Denver, and the early Beatles.

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diannekc said...

Unchained Melody by The Righteous Brothers and some of my other favorites.

Mary Preston said...

I rarely listen to music.

Amber said...

Must have songs are usually 80s songs for me!!

rubynreba said...

I would have country songs on my part and my husband would have the old rock and roll!

Jeanne said...

Rachel Platten’s Fight Song would be a must!

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Xia Lee said...

Must have songs are usually 80s songs

Lelandlee said...

I like Beatles songs

JeanneK said...

My playlist is a mix of oldies but goodies, classic country and some of the newer songs and definitely includes The Beatles.

Danielle said...

I love love love to make playlists for different things, I have one for cleaning, studying, one for running, one for relaxing, one for doing puzzles....pretty everything...lol