Wednesday, June 20, 2012

MONARCH BEACH by Anita Hughes

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Monarch Beach
By Anita Hughes
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Now this book Monarch Beach is the epitomy of a BEACH READ if there ever was one! 

I have been so excited to feature Monarch Beach on the blog and I’m so glad that it’s finally out in the world. I can’t remember when I first heard about it, but this is one that I did everything I could to find out what I could about the author, Anita Hughes, to see if I could host her book.


Anita was kind enough to email with me and share some real life truths about her. Similar to her main character, she also lives at the St. Regis Monarch Beach in California. Can you IMAGINE getting to live at a resort hotel ON THE BEACH and being able to write? I don’t know what Anita’s personal life is like, but I would take two weeks at the St. Regis, or a month, or six months -- it would be a dream! Cabana boys, the beach, cocktails poolside... but I'm sure she doesn't do that stuff there! She LIVES there, it's not a vacation. One can dream though right? That would be one of my dreams!


Here is the blurb of Monarch Beach, which I am very excited to get started reading, however, I am going to savor this one actually ON THE BEACH, when we go to California in July! I figured since it IS the perfect beach read, I want to take it with me and read it right there, with the waves rolling over my toes, a glass of something crisp and tasty in one hand, Anita’s book in the other!


When Amanda Blick, a young mother and kindhearted San Francisco heiress, finds her gorgeous French chef husband wrapped around his sous-chef, she knows she must flee her life in order to rebuild it. The opportunity falls into her lap when her (very lovable) mother suggests Amanda and her young son, Max, spend the summer with her at the St. Regis Resort in Laguna Beach. With the waves right outside her windows and nothing more to worry about than finding the next relaxing thing to do, Amanda should be having the time of her life—and escaping the drama. But instead, she finds herself faced with a kind, older divorcee who showers her with attention… and she discovers that the road to healing is never simple. This is the sometimes funny, sometimes bitter, but always moving story about the mistakes and discoveries a woman makes when her perfect world is turned upside down.


Here is the excerpt of Monarch Beach.


To enter to win Monarch Beach, please tell me what you think is the best part of the beach? I love taking long walks, listening to the waves, the sand, the sunsets… OMG, the beach is my absolute favorite place in the entire world – it doesn’t matter which one (although I have to say Grand Cayman was one of the most beautiful, and Cape May, NJ was an exceptionally great vacation when hubby and I had two of our three kids and finally got a vacay alone!) – but back to you – what do YOU love about the beach? Tell me about a favorite trip!

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108 comments:

Kristin from Louisville said...

My favorite thing about the beach is the breeze and sounds. The white noise is great for napping and reading. I can sit out there for hours!

absolutahnie said...

knowing that i'm in full-on relaxation mode. can't do the grocery shopping, can't clean the house...nothing to do but enjoy the sun, wind, water, my book & some lunch!

TinaB said...

The best part for me is feeling the sand between my toes!
Brannanflooring@aol.com

Megan said...

My favorite thing about the beach is the endless possibilities of finding things like sea glass, washed up goodies, beautiful artifacts...
Eloisepeaches

Carly said...

Growing up by the beach I guess I take it for granted. I like seeing the ocean especially when there are dolphins jumping around like there were two weekends ago but I don't really like the beach.

Carly H

ncsuloges said...

Seafood for sure and the smell of salt air. I love the beach!!! So jealous of my sister who moved to the beach a few weeks ago. I have read this book and REALLY liked it. Just entering for the grand prize.

Ally said...

The walk.

BrendaL71 said...

For me, it's the breeze and smell of the water. Preferably the ocean. and I love what the salt water does for your skin.

Emma S. said...

I love laying on a blanket or sitting in a chair with my toes in the sand and reading a good book. My family usually stays in a beach front house, so I love that I can hear the waves from the deck.

A.C. said...

I'm actually not a big beach fan. They're pretty, but I don't particularly like the sun or getting all sandy. Weird, I know.

Alice said...

Favorite part of a beach vacation is the sound of the ocean lulling you into a cozy little nap. Least favorite part of the beach is repeatedly putting sunblock on. Such a pain.

Kimmi said...

It's been so long since I've been to the beach, I don't remember what I liked about it. Maybe that it's not the office?

Melissa said...

I remember going to the beach in Florida when I was younger. I'd take a floating raft into the ocean and let the waves just move me along. It was so relaxing. I love hearing and watching the ocean, as well. And I love that beach smell that Kramer wanted to market as perfume on "Seinfeld."

Melissa A from CLC

Krystal said...

This is a tough one for me... What don't I love about the beach! I went to Isla Mujeres, Mexico a few years ago and it was heaven on earth to me, absolutely beautiful!
kndyer

Mary Jo Burke said...

Walking on wet sand.

Margie said...

I like some of the secluded beaches in Zihuatenejo, Mexico. We like barefoot walking by the water. I always look for shells.
Margie T

jdstec said...

I am having a hard time. It may be easier to say what I don't love about the beach and that would be when it is time to leave.

Juliet Farmer said...

the waves--the sounds of them, the sight of them, the small of them!

Melissa said...

My favorite thing about the beach is reading on it!! Love, love, love the beach. Mel Rem

buttah said...

The sun, the sand, the sounds of the waves and seashell hunting with my little man...and if he has his way, catching a few little crabs to hold hostage until they "mysteriously" make their sneaky getaway (thanks to me and Hubs!). Oh, and can't forget the cocktails...those are a must! We went to the beach for Mother's Day, and we will be in Florida in July and then on a little island in Mexico in October!! SQUEEEE!!!

Denise said...

looking for seashells, and the kind of tired you feel when you leave the beach.

-Denise F.

Sslinsky said...

My favorite thing about the beach is listening to the water.

Sarah

DaphneSFL said...

The sound of the water, the smells, and the lazy nature of swimming, sunning, reading, napping.

Carie Casey said...

I love just laying on the beach in the sun listening to the waves. Then when I get hot just running into the waves. I love and miss the beach.

Carie

Tanya Quilts in CO said...

Gosh thinking about this really makes me miss the beach! My favorite thing about the beach is the sunsets and I have been fortunate to witness several green flashes which are awesome.

Joelle said...

My favorite thing is how quiet and relaxing it is just around sunrise when everyone is still sleeping. Just being able to experience the beauty of our creator beats everything else.

Melissa Hightower said...

My favorite thing about the beach is relaxing and not having to worry about the house and work. Also listening to the waves and having a drink in my hand.

susieqlaw said...

susieqlaw

I love watching the ocean waves. Happy Summer!

Melissa said...

My favorite part of the beach is being able to lay out without it being super hot (because of the breeze) and listening to (and feeling) the waves crashing against the shore.

-tmd636

Leslie said...

I'm leaving for the beach in 6 days!! I love sitting in my little beach chair near enough to the water that it only gets my toes some of the time with a good book or just people watching. Love, love, love my beach chair! LeslieGC

Lizett34 said...

I love the serentiy of the water. It has such a calming effect on me. I also really love the gorgeous endless view of the water.

Kimberly Pearlman said...

I love bike rides @ the beach! :)

Jonita said...

I love the beach so much that it's ridiculous! We're lucky and live about 20 minutes away from a fantastic one. I love packing up the kids and their boogie boards and a cooler and heading to the beach for the day! My favourite part once I'm there? Reading on the beach, of course!!! It's so warm and relaxing and I can't wait to go there very soon!

Susan @ The Book Bag said...

I love the sound of the waves and how relaxing that can be.

Lindsay said...

the sunsets!

Bridget said...

I love the sound of the waves. Don't care for finding sand everywhere when I get home, tho!

iambtinrb

Leah B said...

Sitting in a chair and reading!

Jeffie T said...

The water. I love to just float on the waves.

Shellybelly43066 said...

The smell....

Emily said...

The sun, the smell, the sand, the sounds - just being able to lay there/sit there and relax and read/people watch.

Emily116

your invisible pixie said...

the sound of the waves!

Mom'sLove said...

I'm going with the smell and feel of sand.. Just refreshing and almost can start over, with anything..
Amanda
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EBrowning said...

For me it's the view. It's so relaxing to sit and look at the waves rolling in. I love the sound too! And sitting in the sand with a comfy chair, an umbrella for shade and a good book. I LOVE it!

Corgi Lover said...

The smell of the ocean and the suntan lotion!! Yummy!!!

robynn78 said...

Laying at sunset listening to the waves, especially in Cozumel Mexico..

equinn726 said...

My favorite thing about the beach are the sounds of the waves hitting the shore.

Carol5814 said...

I love the feel of sand between my toes and the sounds of the waves. Instant relaxation!

Jessica said...

I don't really like the beach at all so I can't answer this question, sorry! The best part of the beach is me not being there! Although I do love reading books that take place in a beach location, haha.

Thanks!
-Jessica M
walkingcorpse11@hotmail.com

Sherry said...

The sound--love the beach. I lived on the Oregon Coast for five years when I moved back to California I had the hardest time sleeping due to lack of the waves crashing and fog horns (yea I am in California but about 2 hours from the Ocean:(

Mumma23qts said...

I love the view...the endlessness of it!

Erin G said...

I love sitting at the beach with a good book listening to the waves and watching my kids play :)

Lisamarie said...

I love to feel the sand between my toes as you walk along the shore...My favorite trip was to Cancun our hotel was right on the beach..the water was warm and the most beautiful turquoise.

CAnative said...

I love everything about the beach! But what I like best is being out there from like 5pm to 8pm. You get that nice cool ocean breeze at that time which feels great after spending the whole day there. Grew up in Southern California so sunsets were great. On east coast now but that time of day on the beach is still my absolute favorite.

Nicole

Anonymous said...

I love digging my hands under the warm sand to get to the sand that is still cold.

-Donna W.

Kristin said...

I love the calmness of the beach (when I'm there without the kids). I can relax and just take in the sun, warmth, breeze and sounds.

I miss the beach!

TaraUB said...

I'm not much for sun, sand, and water, but after spending a week in Panama City Beach last summer, I could get used to just sitting on the beach reading. I like the smell of the salt water.

Bev V said...

The best part of the beach is the sound of the waves, and walking along at the edge of the water.

Bev (shaggy552@gmail.com)

Kate said...

My favorite part of the beach is soft-serve in a cake cone that you have≥÷.
//. ,,m l;klok (sorry, my "assistant" added his thoughts)... to eat fast before it melts and gets sandy and your hair is blowing in the wind and you get messy and sticky. And then run into the water to get clean. :)

faithspage said...

I love it all!!! Just wish there was beaches in KY. The sand, the waves, the sound, the tanning, and the walking...

ludy2288 said...

My favorite is how sitting in the sand in the sunshine & watching the water makes me feel totally at peace & worry free :)

CherylB said...

The best thing about the beach? EVERYTHING!!

Marla W. said...

I've only been to the beach once - spring break senior year - so you can imagine it wasn't the most "deep" ocean visit to have been had :o)

I did enjoy going out in the evening when it was fairly deserted and quiet and just sitting and listening to the water hit the shore - peaceful and relaxing.

Kristi said...

Sitting on a blanket listening to the waves and watching the sunset. Could anything be more perfect?

Kristi Marie W.

Daisy 15 said...

I love so many things about the beach that 5 years ago I moved to our beach house full time with my family. My favorite thing is coming home after work and smelling the ocean. The best smell in the world. I also love the calming effect of the waves. I also love the isolation of the empty beach in the winter and its the best right after in snows, before the snow melts and you can walk on snow on top of the sand.

Amelia said...

sitting in a beach chair reading a book!

csobie said...

My favorite thing about the beach is walking at sunrise. The sand is undisturbed and the silence is wonderful!!
~csobie

EKB said...

the sound of the waves, the smell of the suntan lotion, the feel of the sun....ahhhhh...there is nothing better than the beach!

lucy872 said...

I love the sound of the water and just relaxing while reading a book. It's total vacation mode when you are at the beach!

slm8803 said...

I've never spent a lot of time at the beach but sitting out and reading and/or just relaxing (napping) sounds amazing!

Read Baby Read said...

The very best memories I have of the beach are roasting marshmallows and hot dogs at the beach pits. Huntington Beach, CA!

Kristen said...

My favorite part is the relaxing... and seeing dolphins off shore! :)

Kristen27

Anonymous said...

Oh, I love the beach! My favorite part is the ocean breeze and the sound of the waves. My favorite times on the beach are sunrise and sunset, mostly because the beach is usually deserted then. I also LOVE to see my kiddos footprints in the wet sand. I really want to go to the ocean now!

Bridget O'Neill said...

My favorite thing about the beach is the feeling of total relaxation! I haven't been to the beach since we had our daughter, who's three now, so I don't know how relaxing it would be with a very energetic three-year-old around! But I used to love just sitting in the sun with a book and totally chilling out.

Terri said...

My favorite thing about the beach is strolling along right where the surf meets the sand. Where you don't get wet past your ankles and the water is all foamy. It's even better if it's a moonlit night and I'm holding hands with a cutie.

Terri M.

Lilian said...

I love lying in the sand and watching fireworks (and then I dread the clean up process, sand LOVES sticking onto me!) I used to go with my family in the morning when it isn't crowded yet, and then stay the whole day until after the firewroks show at around 8pm...and then get home at 10. I do live in Hawaii after all *wink wink*.

Lilian @ A Novel Toybox

Books & Reviews said...

My favorite thing about the beach is being able to step away from life and enjoy the the calm.

Ready To Be A Momma said...

The sun is the best part!
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TinaPow said...

Looking for shark's teeth with my son

Katie said...

THe best part of the beach is that I always know that I don't have to work when I am at the beach.

Becki**** said...

THe eternal distance of the water - helps me feel God's presence

LaVonne said...

My favorite thing about the beach is the peace I feel when I am there. I don't have a favorite time, evertime I go is terrific!

Crystal said...

The feeling of relaxation! Thinking about how the water at our beach is the same water that is all around the world!! Makes us feel small in the grand scheme of things!

crystal717

Margaret said...

Looking for shells with the kids. They love it and I love watching them.

Margaret(Literary Chanteuse)

Jen said...

The best part about the beach? Off-season stormy weather beach strolls! Coming back from that amazing display of nature's prowess and warming up in front of a roaring fire isn't awful either!!

-Jen
jenknee1976@hotmail.com

betsy_blixt said...

The smell and sound of the ocean.

Luvschocolate said...

Watching and listening to the ocean waves, especially during a storm

Kelleyc said...

Love everything about the beach! It means vacation, so that equals relaxing! GE ocean breeze, sitting on he balcony at sunrise, watching the kids play in the waves,,,, :). Can't wait to hit OBX in August!

Kim W. said...

The sound of the ocean! Especially if you are in a cabin (or the likes) close enough to hear the waves while sleeping! Pure bliss.

Tiffany Drew said...

My favorite thing about the beach is sitting in a nice comfortable chair reading in the sun while my husband chases our kids around. I love hearing them giggle!

keltban said...

The sound of the ocean..it's just so calming.

Nanette said...

I love watching the various vessels going by which can range from fishing boats to cruise ships where we live. Just sitting there...listening to the waves and/or picking up beach glass is a close second. We live right on the water so it's almost like being at the beach every single day. Lucky us!

Nan :)

Sheena said...

My favorite part about the beach besides the amazing view out into the ocean is picking up all kinds of interesting seashells.

wapneski@yahoo.com

Christina said...

I absolutely LOVE the beach too! I just feel so peaceful when I'm near the water...the sun, light breeze, sounds of the waves...it's so relaxing!!

ChristinaL

Anonymous said...

the beach chairs! lol I am not a fan of the beach so as long as I am not sitting on the sand I am happy!
RebeccaE

Betsy said...

The beauty, and the sounds.

Buffy Dee said...

My favorite thing about the beach is the way it makes the kids LAUGH... somethign about it brings out the full on belly laughs!

Kristen said...

The tan! ;)

Kristen27

Dawn in CA said...

The sound of the ocean...perfect backdrop for drifting off to sleep.

Dani In Chicago said...

I love walking in the water or sitting on one of the rocks and letting the waves splash me!

Colleen Turner said...

My favorite part of being at the beach is laying on a towel with the sun beating down but enough wind that I don't get hot, a great book in front of me and a frosty, alcoholic beverage ready at hand!
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Coleen said...

My favorite things about the beach is the breeze, watching the waves, reading my book and watching my nieces play in the sand and water!!!

accidentalgypsy said...

I LOVE the sounds of the water and seagulls overhead. I also love the salty breeze that you can taste on your lips after you leave.

cindy r said...

Nothing is more fabulous than relaxing on Maui with my soulmate ... enjoying a leisurely cocktail while the sun sets, gentle waves lap and you're wrapped in the absolute perfection that can only be created by a Higher Power.
writeoncindy(at)yahoo(dot)com

QuenKne said...

I've only been to the beach as a child.. and I didn't care for it then! I hate the sand!! But if you could give me the view of the sunset and the sound of waves crashing, I'd be happy. [no pictures - only the real thing :)]

Sarah C. said...

The sound of the waves and sea gulls! I love building and digging in the sand too. Can't wait to take my girls to the beach- they have never been :/

Lindsay Elizabeth said...

walking along the beach at night is my favorite part about the beach. its so quiet except the waves and the sand makes it light enough to see. Love it.

Nancye said...

The best part of the beach is listening to the waves! I also love sunrises and sunsets and the nice breeze!

nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

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