Tuesday, July 11, 2023

Liz and Lisa are friends forever...plus a book giveaway

L to R: Liz and Lisa

We are so happy to have Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke back at CLC! It's been a while since we've seen a book from them. While the books they've written in the past have either been surreal or thrillers (or a combo of both), their latest rom-com, Forever Hold Your Peace (now available!!!), falls in neither category. But a change can be good, especially with these women in charge. Melissa really enjoyed it and you can find her review here. Liz and Lisa have one signed copy to share with a lucky reader!

For those of you who are new here, Liz and Lisa were a huge inspiration for Chick Lit Central, as Melissa used to follow their former blog, Chick Lit is Not Dead, back in the day. She's also read every book they've written! 

Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke have been best friends for over thirty years and survived high school and college together. They’ve co-authored eight novels, including the Amazon Charts bestseller, The Good Widow

In addition to writing books, they created a podcast, We Fight So You Don’t Have to: Lessons from a thirty-year friendship. They also appear monthly on a San Diego news station to share their favorite book club picks.  

They both reside in San Diego, California with their families and several rescue dogs. (Bio adapted from their website.)

Visit Liz and Lisa online:

When their newly engaged kids ask all four divorced parents to meet each other over brunch, everyone RSVPs yes--secretly hoping someone at the table will get to the bottom of the bottomless mimosas fast enough to say what they’re all thinking: that this engagement, coming after a whirlwind romance between two people barely out of college, is too much too soon.

But at that brunch it’s not the impulsive couple's decisions that end up under the microscope, as it turns out June, mother of the bride, and Amy, mother of the groom, certainly do know each other--they're ex-best-friends who haven't spoken since their explosive falling out more than twenty-five years ago. Reeling from their unwanted reunion and eager to shift the spotlight off their past as decades-old secrets and rivalries come to light, the two moms battle it out for the prize of Most Enthusiastic About This Wedding.

But when their history—and their present-day shenanigans—threaten to crack the foundations of the happy couple’s future, June and Amy find themselves becoming unexpected allies in an all-hands-on-deck effort to get their kids (and themselves) a happily-ever-after two generations in the making. (Courtesy of Amazon.)

“With pitch-perfect writing, complicated friendships, and characters you can’t help but root for, you’ll want to shout I DO! to this layered and hilarious walk down the aisle.”
—Allison Winn Scotch, New York Times bestselling author of The Rewind

“Brimming with sparkling wit and a lively cast of characters, Forever Hold Your Peace is at its heart a romance about a second-chance friendship and a once-in-a-lifetime love twenty-five years in the making. Fix yourself a mimosa and sit down somewhere comfy—you’re going to want to enjoy this!” 
—Ashley Poston, New York Times bestselling author of The Dead Romantics

What is a favorite compliment you have received on your writing?
That people cannot tell that there are two of us writing our books—that that is a huge compliment for any co-author team!

Which of the two moms do you each relate to the most in Forever Hold Your Peace?
Liz relates a little more to June—she’s funny and insecure but yet confident at the same time. 

Lisa relates a little more to Amy—she appears tough on the outside but soft and kind on the inside.

If Forever Hold Your Peace were made into a movie, what are some songs that you would include on the soundtrack?
Here are some songs from Lisa’s playlist that she listened to while she wrote her parts of this book. They are about love and loss, heartbreak, connection, and friendship. And each would be a contender for the soundtrack of FHYP!

"Selfish" by Madison Beer, "Closure" by Hayd, "Heart vs. Brain" by Arlissa, "Dandelions" by Ruth B, "Chasing After You" by Ryan Hurd & Maren Morris, "You Should Probably Leave" by Chris Stapleton, "Love Story" by Taylor Swift, "Love Me Anyway" by Pink, and "Leave Me Again" by Kelsea Ballerini.

Share a funny or embarrassing wedding memory.
A fun/heartwarming wedding memory from Lisa’s wedding is she didn’t eat a thing during the entire event. Mike Fenton went and got her In-N-Out Burger at the end of the night. It was the ultimate wedding present! This was before DoorDash! He took a cab to the closest In-N-Out and waited in line and then took another cab back! 

If your life were a TV series, which celebrity would you want to narrate it? 
Kristen Bell, of course! Who could resist THE Gossip girl?

What is the last book you read that you would recommend?
We both just finished The Wishing Game by Meg Shaffer and loved every single page. 

Thanks to Liz and Lisa for visiting with us and for sharing their book with our readers.

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Giveaway ends July 16th at midnight EST.

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Rita Wray said...

My brother-in-law fainted during the ceremony. My sister was not happy. lol

Mary C said...

The ringbearer refused to walk with the flower girl - he ran ahead and she chased him.

traveler said...

The food was sub par and sparse.

Toni Laliberte said...

When I went to my niece's wedding, during the ceremony at the church, the priest's cellphone rang. It was the funniest thing ever! He handled it with aplomb and actually made us all laugh even more. Great memory!

dstoutholcomb said...

I went to a wedding where a bride had copied something very unique from my wedding, but she did it in a very cheap and tacky way.

diannekc said...

At the last wedding I was at the ring bearer stole the show as he made his way down the aisle.

Lisa D said...

My cousin got married in a church and I was her bridesmaid. There had been a funeral just before we arrived at the church and when we got out of the wedding cars, there was a young woman about the same age as my cousin lying across one of the graves, totally distraught over the fact that she had just buried her husband. Her relatives saw us and were desperately trying to get the woman up and out of the churchyard. It was really awkward for all involved.

Mary Preston said...

The bride wore black because she hoped it would be slimming.

Jess R said...

I went to a wedding last summer where the bride had been taking weight loss medication and it made her have very loose stools, she had to leave the ceremony to go to the bathroom.

Jessica said...

My cell phone rang at the last wedding I attended.

Annmarie Weeks said...

I was once a bridesmaid at a wedding that took place in New England in an old beautiful church. Unfortunately it was August, sweltering hot, and the church had no air conditioning. All the bridesmaids stood through the entire ceremony holding lit hurricane lamps with two hands, and just dripping sweat. All of us almost passed out it was sooo hot!

Susan Roberts said...

My dad took me to dinner about a month before my wedding and told me that he thought we should wait to get married. The marriage lasted 52 years so I guess we knew what we were doing

Xia Lee said...

The pants on the groom split while he was dancing

Lelandlee said...

Someone bumped the table with the wedding cake and it fell

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Linda Kish said...

My mother laughed through my wedding. Maybe she knew something I didn't know.