Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Blog Tour: All This Time by Annabelle McCormack @annabelledando @XpressoTours

All This Time
Annabelle McCormack
(Brandywood, #1)
Publication date: October 25th 2022
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Almost ten years ago, Samantha Redding swore off her hometown of Brandywood, Maryland. Sure, she misses her family, but she’s over the gossip and drama that came with small-town living. Besides, she has the photography career she always dreamed of now.

Then her mom gets sick. Faced with a long stay at home, Sam is forced to relocate a holiday photoshoot to Brandywood to meet a tight work deadline. Only problem is, she needs help from the townspeople she’s spent years distancing herself from. Strangely, Sam finds an ally in someone who kept her at arm’s length all his life: brooding and sarcastic Garrett Doyle—the guy that dumped her best friend at the altar years before.

But Sam never knew Garrett tried to keep his distance because he was really in love with her. And he’s just come back to town after trying to get his life together. Garrett knows he ought to stay away—but the sight of her brings back all those old feelings. Anyway, she’s leaving Brandywood soon enough, and then he can go back to trying to forget her.

. . . except, Sam’s about to discover that everything she thought she knew about home—and Garrett—was wrong.

A contemporary romance with steamy, open door romance and tear-jerking moments about facing the past and finding forgiveness, All This Time is the first book in the Brandywood Small Town Romance Series. CW: alcoholism, abuse, cancer, language

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Interview with Annabelle McCormack

    If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?

    I would tell myself: 1) an author career is very different from publishing a book. 2) Publishing really is a marathon, not a sprint. It takes hard work, dedication, and years to build a career. 3) For every setback, make one positive step forward. If you get a rejection, send another query. If you get a bad review, find a good review and share it with others on social media. If you have writer’s block, listen to a podcast. Just keep at it with positive forward motion.

    What are the most important magazines for writers to subscribe to?

    I don’t read a lot of magazines these days for writers, but I always got a lot out of Writer’s Digest. I think they have a lot of solid resources and advice for the writing community.

    What do you owe the real people upon whom you base your characters?

    Truth is stranger than fiction, right? I think of any inspiration I get from real life as research but as an artist, I love the opportunity to build on the truth. The real people are sort of like the paint for the canvas . . . you start with one color, something very basic, and end up with entirely different colors and rich, complex details.

    What is the first book that made you cry?

    The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Anderson made me cry continuously as a kid (but I begged my mom to read it over and over again hoping for another outcome). But as far as books go, probably The Fellowship of the Ring. Sam diving into that water at the end to go after Frodo remains my favorite fictional moment and I sobbed.

    Does writing energize or exhaust you?

    Absolutely energizes me. I get so excited it’s all I can think about.

    Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?

    A bit of both. Readers want what they want to some extent, but I do think they enjoy their expectations being subverted if it’s done in a good way. I try to do a little of that by straddling other genres or introducing twists or elements of surprise.

    Where did your love of books/storytelling/reading/writing/etc. come from?

    My mom read to me a lot as a child and made going to the library and reading a priority. Also, my sister and I loved playing make-believe games. I think my love for writing came about by using my imagination constantly as a child.

Author Bio:

Annabelle McCormack spins you tales of epic historical adventure, heartfelt romance, and complex family dynamics with strong female protagonists to make things interesting. She graduated from the Johns Hopkins University’s M.A. in Writing Program. She’s a sucker for pizza (cheese, bread, and tomatoes are the perfect foods) and mangoes, loves baking and photography, and never wants to do laundry again. She lives in Maryland with her hilarious husband, where she serves as a snack bitch for her (lucky-they’re-cute) five children and three boxers.

She’s half-Costa Rican and speaks fluent Spanish, so you can always drop her a line in either English or Spanish. Pura vida!

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Sherry said...

I love the cover and think the book sounds interesting.

Giselle said...

Thanks for being on the tour! :)