Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Blog Tour + #Giveaway: Tell Me S’more by Beth Merlin @bethmerlin80 @XpressoTours

Tell Me S’more
Beth Merlin
(The Campfire Series, #4)
Published by: Firefly Hill Press
Publication date: May 25th 2021
Genres: Adult, Comedy, Contemporary

“A beautifully written contemporary romance, with plenty of enjoyable comedy, it challenges us to evaluate our lives and make big decisions on who we want to be and not necessarily what everyone expects us to be.” – Adventures in Lit about The Campfire Series

Camp Chinooka was supposed to be a place of inspiration, the place where Perry Gilman would finally compose his symphonic masterpiece. But four years later, Perry Gillman isn’t any closer to his dream of becoming a world renowned musician. Instead, he fell love in with Gigi Goldstein and he thought that love would be enough. Now, struggling to find the right subject for a new musical while hustling as a piano player at a local jazz bar, he can’t help but measure his own shortcomings to his famous father’s monstrous success. So, when he stumbles onto the idea to write a musical about the life and times of Elizabeth I, everything finally changes. The musical is an international sensation and suddenly, Perry is on the fast track to super stardom.

However, fame and success come at a price. When his relationship with Gigi is thrown into a tailspin, he must decide whether to follow his dream for which he fought for so long or sacrifice it all for true love.

Told from Perry’s perspective, Tell Me S’more shows that there are two sides to every story and a cost to every choice.

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Interview with Beth Merlin

What made you want to become a writer?

In 2013 I attended a Pitch Conference in NYC where I pitched One S’more Summer to three agents and three publishers. Six requests to see the full manuscript were promptly followed by six kind and thoughtful rejections. The agents and publishers thought the concept was strong but that the structure needed some work. I shelved the book for about a year and then picked it back up. I went through a series of revisions and then queried the book out to several agents and smaller publishing houses. I immediately clicked with Danielle Modafferi from Firefly Hill Press. She seemed to “get” me and the story I was trying to tell. My dream was to see my book out in the world, and I knew going with a small independent house would give me my best shot at that. Signing with Firefly was the best decision I could’ve made. Danielle helped convince me my standalone story could be a series and I signed on to write the Campfire Series. Getting published is still one of the biggest accomplishments of my life. Every time I see another review on Amazon or Goodreads I pinch myself. Knowing the books are being read and enjoyed by so many people is a dream come true for me!

What inspired you to write Tell Me S’more?

The Campfire Series came about after I jokingly told my husband I’d love to blow off the responsibilities of adult life and go back to my summer sleepaway camp and work as a counselor. While that wasn’t a realistic option for me, it became the idea that led to Book 1 of the Campfire Series, One S’more Summer. This series has a little bit of everything that interests me-- love, fashion, musical theater, and British history.

Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in Tell Me S’more

This book is told from the male romantic lead, Perry Gillman’s perspective, and follows the rise of his career and simultaneous fall of his relationship with Gigi Goldstein. When his relationship with Gigi is thrown into a tailspin, he must decide whether to follow his dream for which he fought for so long or sacrifice it all for true love.

Told from Perry's perspective, 
Tell Me S’more nestles in the timeline between One S'more Summer and S'more to Lose and shows that there are two sides to every story and a cost to every choice.

You know I think we all have a favorite author. Who is your favorite author and why?

I have a few favorites, but L.M. Montgomery probably had the biggest impact on my life. I loved the world she created in the Anne of Green Gables series. Jane Austin is also a hero of mine. I reread Pride and Prejudice once a year.

Can you tell us a little bit about your next books or what you have planned for the future?

I am co-writing a book with my friend and editor, Danielle Modafferi and have the tiniest nugget of an idea for maaaaaaybe one more in the Campfire Series.

What did you enjoy most about writing this book?

I loved all of the research I had to do for this book from the history of Elizabeth I, to violin concertos, how to get a show to the West End, and music composing-I learned A LOT! It was also fun to write from the male POV.  

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.

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Giselle said...

Thanks for being on the tour! :)

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