Monday, November 18, 2019

Blog Tour + #Giveaway: Breakup Boot Camp by Beth Merlin @XpressoTours

Breakup Boot Camp
Beth Merlin
Published by: Firefly Hill Press
Publication date: October 8th 2019
Genres: Adult, Comedy, Romance

“Merlin gives off Sophie Kinsella and Emily Giffin vibes only with an execution of plots that is all her own….Beth Merlin is totally going to grow in popularity. I’m calling it.” – Book and Broadway

After weeks of training to whip Joanna Kitt into shape for her big day, her picture-perfect engagement to her high school sweetheart is torn in two, and Joanna is left out on her perfectly toned rear end. To put the past and her heartache behind her, she sets off for two weeks at the renowned Retreat House Breakup Boot Camp in Topsail Island off the coast of North Carolina.

Despite her sadness, Joanna throws herself into the experience hoping surfing, yoga, spa treatments, meditation, and talk therapy will be enough to help her get over the one man she’s ever loved. But she soon learns the Boot Camp is only the first step to healing her broken heart. Joanna will have to come to terms with the career she abandoned, the losses in her life she never fully accepted, and the role she played in the ending of her relationship. .

When she meets Todd Aldrich, the handsome and mysterious hotel chef, she has the chance to take her renewed heart out for a test drive and see if she is ready for new beginnings and new love.

Will 12 steps be enough to get her life back on track? Or will her getaway to get over him prove healing the heart takes a whole lot more?

Interview with Beth Merlin

As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?
A tortoise, slow and steady wins the race!

How many hours a day do you put into your writing?
I wish I could say I am consistent enough to put at least a few hours every day, but with a full-time day job, that’s not always possible. I do try to touch the manuscript for at least 15-20 minutes daily.

Do you read your book reviews? If yes, do they affect what you write in the future?
I do sometimes read reviews which got a little tricky when I was in the midst of writing Book 3 of the Campfire Series. Love You S’more when Book 2, Smore to Lose came out. I tried NOT to let the feedback change my vision though.

Do you leave hidden messages in your books that only a few people will find?
I actually put some fun ties to the Campfire Series world in Breakup Boot Camp. You’ll see Georgica Goldstein, Perry Gillman and the musical Elizabeth referenced.

Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in Breakup Boot Camp?
Joanna Kitt’s picture perfect engagement to her high school sweetheart is torn in two when she finds out he’s been cheating on her sending her packing to a Breakup Boot Camp. At the camp she meets a cast of characters including Todd Aldrich the handsome and mysterious hotel chef.

Can you tell us a little bit about your next books or what you have planned for the future?
After Breakup Boot Camp I will be shifting my attention to Tell Me S’more, Book 4 of the Campfire Series that tells the story from Perry’s point of view.

Do you allow yourself a certain number of hours to write or do you write as long as the words come?
As long as the words come OR until my 5-year-old needs me, whichever comes first.

Do you have a certain number of words or pages you write per day?
I don’t. On a good day I try to hit at least 1,000 words though.

What inspires you to write?
Literally everything. I am constantly jotting down phrases, places, names, quotes I think I might be able to use in a story down the line.

Would you rather

Read fiction or non-fiction?

Read series or stand-alone?

Read Science fiction or horror?

Read Stephen King or Dean Koontz?
Stephen King

Read the book or watch the movie?

Read an ebook or paperback?
Paperback although ebooks are the only way to go for a vacation.

Be trapped alone for one month in a library with no computer or a room with a computer and Wi-Fi only?
Sorry, going to pick the computer. I like to know what’s going on in the world.

Do a cross-country bookstore tour or blog tour online?
Hmmmm I hate flying so I guess blog tour unless, like Carrie Bradshaw, I could somehow do the cross-country book tour by train.

Author Bio:

Beth Merlin has a BA from The George Washington University where she minored in Creative Writing and a JD from New York Law School. She’s a native New Yorker who loves anything Broadway, rom-coms, her daughter Hadley, and a good maxi dress. She was introduced to her husband through a friend she met at sleepaway camp and considers the eight summers she spent there to be some of the most formative of her life. One S’more Summer is Beth’s debut novel.