Monday, March 18, 2013

MARKET STREET by Anita Hughes

WINNER: ERIN G!





I'm really excited to share this next book with you all by Anita Hughes, whose first book was Monarch Beach. Her second book, Market Street comes out NEXT WEEK and it was simply what I like to call Literal Eye Candy, in the sense that as I was reading it, I could envision so many delights -- Anita writes about food and fashion in a way that makes you want to spend a day in San Francisco, precisely in her author-created department store Fenton's. Here is the back of the book blurb on Market Street:



Cassie Blake seems to lead a charmed life as the heiress to Fenton's, San Francisco's most exclusive department store. But when she discovers her husband, Aidan, a handsome UC Berkeley professor, has had an affair with a student, she flees to the comfort of her best friend Alexis's Presidio Heights mansion, where she wonders if she should give their marriage one more chance.


Whether or not she can forgive Aidan is not the only choice Cassie has to make. Cassie's mother is eager to have her oversee the opening of Fenton's new Food Emporium, which Fenton’s hopes will become San Francisco's hottest gourmet shopping destination. Cassie’s true passion has always been food, not fashion, and Cassie suspects her mother might be trying to lure her into the Fenton's fold by entrusting her with such an exciting opportunity. And then there is James, the architect designing the Emporium, who is quietly falling in love with her…


I had the chance to ask Anita a few questions about Market Street and these are the things I wanted to know after reading it!



First thing, I LOVED the book! I originally picked it up and had time to read through the first chapter to get a feel for the book since I have so many I need to read... but all of a sudden, I was captured and I whizzed through it! It's gorgeous! What an awesome book!

Me: Fenton's is an Anita Hughes originated department store, right? Did you base it on memories from a department store you visited as a child, or one that you love as an adult? How did you 'create' Fenton's?



Anita: Fenton's is a blend of some of my favorite stores. Growing up in Australia, (SHE WAS BORN IN AUSTRALIA YOU GUYS!!!) there was a store called David Jones that was very high end. It was only in the city center and we lived in the Eastern Suburbs, so going to the store was a treat and something I always looked forward to. San Francisco has a unique and beloved department store called GUMP'S, on Maiden Lane next to Union Square. It primarily has home furnishings and flatware (it is the place to go if you are getting engaged!) but it is a gorgeous store and quintessential San Francisco. And I absolutely adore Neiman Marcus - as you climb the floors the clothes get more glamorous, I could ride the escalators all day!


Me: There was a character I wasn't too keen on and when I got closer to the end of the book, I literally shouted out, "OH MY GOD!" (I can share that page number with readers, but I won't! However I did tweet my shock!). When you write a 'bad' character, do you know ALL the bad things that character is going to do, or do some of the things she/he does shock even you as you're writing?



Anita: I never know exactly what my characters are going to do, they develop as I write, but I think I know the scene you mean. I did see it coming, and enjoyed the build up!


Me: You show equal love in this book for food and fashion -- which do you love more and why? 



Anita: That's a tough question because they are both important to me. I love clothes. I love gorgeous fabrics and bright colors and beautiful styles. I think surrounding ourselves with beauty (when we can) makes us happier. And I love wonderful foods - I'm a big believer in always having something to look forward to and anticipating a delicious meal makes my day a little brighter!



Me: Can you tell me what your next book is about?



Anita: It is called Lake Como and it is set in San Francisco and Lake Como. It is about a young San Francisco interior designer who finds her fiance and her boss in a compromising position and decides to put some distance between them and spend the summer with her half-sister in her villa on Lake Como. There she discovers secrets about herself and her family that make her question who she is and her future.



Lake Como will be released on August 13, 2013. I really enjoyed writing it, I can't wait to see what you think!



Me: I can't wait for Lake Como either and I just realized your main character has my LAST NAME!?!? Coincidence? Hmmmm… Hahahah!



Thanks to Anita for taking the time to answer my questions, and here's a question for you if you would like to enter to win Market Street! If YOU could open ANY kind of shop of your own, what kind of 'emporium' would you want to open - what would you want to sell at your store?



I would probably want to open a kitschy little store that sold stationery, unique books and chocolates and also had a little section where women could sit and chat. But not a coffee shop -- maybe a spot where the women could go and then write letters to their friends --you know, write out the cute cards they just bought from my store!

You can still enter to win: 
The Sunshine When She's Gone

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The Crooked Branch by Jeanine Cummins

Covet by Tracey Graves Garvis  

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46 comments:

Anonymous said...

If I could open any shop, it would be a shop just for holiday merchandise. Each month, I would change the merchandise out to be for the next upcoming holiday. Very festive.

-Donna W.

Ally said...

Unique homemade items (nothing country). My husband is amazing with woodwork and metal work. We love modern looking pieces, so it would probably be mostly decor.

jdstec said...

It would have to be a gifts boutique.

absolutahnie said...

books & baked goods, two of my loves!

Mary Jo Burke said...

Books, cards and candy.

A.C. said...

Books and wine. My two favorites!

Megan said...

I would open a book store/breakfast cafe.
Eloise peaches

Michelle James said...

I would definitely open a bookstore with a coffee shop. My favorite place to hangout.

CAnative said...

I love all things holiday. It gives such a great sense of the season.

Nicole

Carissa Winter said...

I'd love to open a quilt shop and offer chocolates and coffee too!

Juliet Farmer said...

i would open a book store.

Melissa said...

My true love is real estate...I think I'd open up an agency.

-tmd636

Emma S. said...

I'd probably open up a jewelry shop. I love finding unique accessories and buying from small vendors as opposed to chain stores.

Becki*** said...

Bookstore with lovely unique gifts and treats as well.

ncsuloges said...

wine and books!

Susan Coster said...

I am a giver of socks for those in need of comfort so I would like a open a sock store for men, women and children. Perhaps a coffee bar inside. What better way to relax than with a comfy pair of socks & a mocha?

Lizett Torres said...

I would open up some sort of a fitness boutique. I want to sell cute, functional, and affordable workout clothes.

equinn726 said...

"Market Street" sounds like a fun read! Okay, like a few other lovely readers on here, I would definitely have to sell books and wine...and chocolate...

Bridget T. said...

I would open a card and gift store. Like Hallmark.

Iambtinrb

Bev V said...

I would open a yarn store that had knitting and crocheting classes and perhaps start a knitting club. It would have to have a comfy place to sit and knit/crochet as well!

BrendaL71 said...

That's an easy question for me. Some kind of bakery. I love to bake. It just always make people smile when you give them something sweet and delicious. There would be a lot of Cupcakes.

Jessica said...

I love to bake so I would definitely choose to open a bakery! Sadly it's too expensive and risky so I'll have to stick with my safe government job.

Thanks!
-Jessica M
walkingcorpse11@hotmail.com

EKB said...

I just finished Monarch Beach and am so excited for this one!!! If I could open anything it would be a book store/cupcake combo store...! love both:-}

Kimberly Pearlman said...

I would open a sweets emporium. everything sweet included, candy, cakes, cookies, ice cream. If it's delicious & sweet...it will be there!

Tanya Quilts in CO said...

My fantasy shop is a quilt shop!

TaraUB said...

Apparently we're going to open a store together because your answer was very similar to what was in my head.

slm8803 said...

Definitely books!

Caroline N. said...

I'd open a store by the ocean that has unique frames, gadgets for kids, trendy clothes, delicious coffee and maybe feature a book of the month. With an option to be part of the store's "book club".

Suzy M said...

I would absolutely love to open a bookstore. Books just make me happy!

Kimmi said...

Antique jewelry - I have fun imagining their stories. And I like shiny things.

Sheena said...

I'd love to open up my own bakery since I love baking! I'd make it a bakery/coffee bar. Would also sell books in my store too!

wapneski@yahoo.com

betsy_blixt said...

I would love to own a music shop!

susieqlaw said...

I would open a shop with books, gifts, calendars, and a cafe.

sendsusanmail at gmail dot com

TinaB said...

I'd like to open a unique gift shop that sells hand made items like pottery, clothing, home decor items.
Brannanflooring@aol.com

your invisible pixie said...

i would sell cookies!

Margie said...

I'd open a combination flower and yarn shop. Lots of vibrant colors.

Luvschocolate said...

I would love to open a high end children boutique

Jeffie T said...

A book store.

Cristina Connors said...

Definitely a book store. With a little cafe with a license to sell wine and beer and hold readings. Hey, I can dream.

Erin G said...

I would sell books and coffee :)

Anonymous said...

Stationery! Pretty paper, fancy pens, cute little stickers...
I could spend hours purchasing things for letters I'll never write. Who writes letters anymore? :(

Carly H

Read Baby Read said...

I'd open a children's bookstore. I'd stock it full of adult books as well, but my passion is all about getting books in kids' hands!

karenk said...

i would like to open a bookstore (of course) w/ cozy chairs, serving coffee, muffins & scones.

karenk
kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Amelia said...

a yarn store

GoGreen said...

It would be fun to open a bakery featuring locally grown products only.



Bonnie

My email can be found by clicking on my Blogger name.

Nanette said...

I would open something similar to "Barefoot Contessa". It would be cozy and family friendly with good coffee and a "book nook" for reading and hanging out. :)

Nn