Sunday, July 21, 2013

FOREVER, INTERRUPTED by Taylor Jenkins Reid




The last time I stayed in bed all day to read a book was in 2001 when I was pregnant with my 3rd child and 11 days late. That book was James Patterson’s Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas.

Last Friday, I just spent my whole day in bed DEVOURING Taylor Jenkins Reid’s FOREVER, INTERRUPTED and I have to tell you that if you do not win it here on the blog, you absolutely, positively must go out and buy this one to read. This was one that when I heard about it on Sarah Pekannen’s FB, I knew it was a must-read, one of those that I had to get a hold of, one of those books that I just knew was going to be a smash. And, I was right. 

Everything about this book was the perfect recipe for a page-turner – from the cover art, to the back of the book description to the very beginning pages where my heart literally began pounding in my chest. And yes, it is one of those books that you will absolutely grin while you are reading it, and yes, you will find some tears slipping from your eyes, and you will fall in love with Ben and Elsie’s love story. The story is sad and uplifting and endearing and sexy… It is the book I long to write. I feel so happy when get to read a book like this. (And ALSO, there’s an excerpt to Taylor’s next book – After I Do – in the back of the book that doesn’t come out until Summer 2014 and I’m already dying to read that one too!)

SO, either way, win it here, or download it on your device, or buy it in paperback. THIS IS THE BOOK YOU’VE GOT TO READ – along with every single book I share with you on this blog, of course! But seriously, Taylor Jenkins Reid is a debut author who is going to hit it big – I predict she’s going to be following the footsteps of some very highly regarded women's fiction authors whom I already know and love and showcase on the blog often!  I CAN'T WAIT!

Here is the Back-of-the-Book Blurb: 

“Have you ever heard of supernovas? They shine brighter than anything else in the sky and then fade out really quickly, a short burst of extraordinary energy. I like to think you and Ben were like that . . . in that short time, you had more passion than some people have in a lifetime.” 

Elsie Porter is an average twentysomething and yet what happens to her is anything but ordinary. On a rainy New Year’s Day, she heads out to pick up a pizza for one. She isn’t expecting to see anyone else in the shop, much less the adorable and charming Ben Ross. Their chemistry is instant and electric. Ben cannot even wait twenty-four hours before asking to see her again. Within weeks, the two are head over heels in love. By May, they’ve eloped.

Only nine days later, Ben is out riding his bike when he is hit by a truck and killed on impact. Elsie hears the sirens outside her apartment, but by the time she gets downstairs, he has already been whisked off to the emergency room. At the hospital, she must face Susan, the mother-in-law she has never met—and who doesn’t even know Elsie exists.

Interweaving Elsie and Ben’s charmed romance with Elsie and Susan’s healing process, Forever, Interrupted will remind you that there’s more than one way to find a happy ending.

Here are Taylor’s THESE THREE THINGS which she was so nice to send to me: 

I worked in movie casting before becoming an author: For years, I was an assistant at a Hollywood casting office. It was one of the most fun jobs I've ever had. I worked on Iron Man, some of the Fast & Furious films, some really great independent movies, and I even worked with Oliver Stone. It was a crash course in characters. When you see so many people coming in the door with different interpretations of the same role, it really gets you thinking about how to create dynamic, dimensional characters in your stories. 

Writing wouldn't be nearly as much fun without my dog: I have a pit bull mix, Rabbit, who sleeps underneath my desk all day and sometimes distracts me by asking to play fetch. The writing life can be a lonely one, you're in your own head all day, but my dog keeps me silent company which is the greatest thing I could ask for. And he keeps my toes warm when it's cold in the house. 

When I was a kid, I thought for sure that I would be a pop star: I figured I had the moves, the enthusiasm, and the moxie. I didn't have the voice, exactly, but I was convinced that didn't matter. I remember being nine or ten and pretending to accept a Grammy in the shower. Once I grew up I realized I'd have to actually perform in front of people in order to be a pop star and that's when I gave up on that one. No, sir. Not for me.

If you would like a chance to win a copy of Forever Interrupted, tell me something that you were interrupted doing recently? For instance, this morning I was sleeping and the phone rang and it interrupted me sleeping and woke me up RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF A DREAM! Of course, it was 9:30 a.m. so I suppose it was time to get up, right? Tell me what do you get interrupted doing and you could win a copy of Forever, Interrupted! 

Also, don’t forget to enter to win books by some of my other favorite authors that I’m giving away still... go click on over to enter to win them NOW too: 

Finding Bliss by Dina Silver 

I’ll have all these books up on the blog probably until Friday and will most likely have another book  (OR TWO!) to offer later this week!... so share the book love and make sure you enter to win them all!

And if you're in the mood, maybe you could check out my novel: What She Left Us, available on amazon too!

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48 comments:

Bridget T. said...

Telling my husband a story and he interrupted me. Happens a lot actually!

Iambtinrb

Sslinsky said...

My husband interrupted me playing on my phone (I'm still trying to figure this thing out!!!!) There is so much to learn.

Sarah

jdstec said...

I take care of my almost three year old Grandson a couple of days a week...so everything.

Anonymous said...

Clients interrupt me at work all the time when I'm trying to look busy without actually doing work. So inconvenient of them! Gail
gailnbob(at)telus(dot)net

Hailey Fish said...

Talking to someone when another person comes in and starts talking.

fishiegirl22@yahoo.com

slm8803 said...

The end of my vacation was interrupted by a huge bout of poison oak and I'm miserable!!

Coleen said...

My husband interrupted me while I was trying to get through a chapter in my book....he always seems to know when I'm intensely reading and that's when he starts talking to me!!

TaraUB said...

My sleep was interrupted twice last week by the smoke alarm. It's connected to the alarm system in the house which is problematic because you simply can't take the batteries out until morning. If you do that, the alarm system goes off. This is all fun to figure out at 3am. And the 2nd morning it did this, I found out that after living in our house for almost a year, there are 2 smoke alarms in the the same hallway, 10 feet apart. Needless to say, my cussing interrupted The Husband's sleep since he was in the basement sleeping because it's so much cooler down there.

TinaB said...

I have 3 kids so I'm always getting interrupted!
Brannanflooring@aol.com

Book Mama said...

I always get interrupted reading. I'm guilty of locking myself in the bathroom just to get a few more pages read ;)

mengel2@nycap.rr.com

absolutahnie said...

client phone calls for updates while i'm trying to work on getting their shipemnts cleared through customs!

Logan Collins said...

I DESPISE being interrupted when I am reading. I want to put a sign up with my mom's favorite questions:
-Is the house on fire?
-Are you bleeding?
No, ok then it can wait. haha

buttah said...

Well between my Hubs and my 7 year old...there isn't much that I do that doesn't get interrupted! Including going to the bathroom! Haha!

lovelyday said...

While the hubby and I were having a discussion, my 3 year old who is playing nearby shushed us. Then, she said, "Mommy and Daddy, I'm trying to play here!" :)

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Emma S. said...

I work at a major university, so I am constantly interrupted when I am working on something that actually requires concentration.

Ally said...

I'm about to have 4 kids ages six and under. Everything from taking a shower, to cooking is interrupted.

Bev V said...

My summer vacation. My oldest daughter is buying a house, and I've been volunteered to help paint!

equinn726 said...

I was cleaning the house and was interrupted by the phone. My mom just wanted to talk - a happy surprise!

Lizett Torres said...

I am constantly being interrupted by others. I will be right in the middle of a story and the will just start talking over me, annoying!

Mary Jo Burke said...

I have children. Interruptions is my life. I have read this book and it is very good.

Jessica said...

A lot of times I'll be trying to type an email at work and someone will call me on the phone and interrupt me.

Thanks!
-Jessica M
walkingcorpse11@hotmail.com

Lisamarie said...

Reading...I'm always getting interrupted by husband or kids. It's like they have a sixth sense when not even near me to interrupt the moment I pick up a book.

tropicalsunlover05(at)yahoo(dot)com

Anonymous said...

As I was reading the ending of Kristen Hannah's Fly Away yesterday, (and bawling my eyes out), my 5 year old kept interrupting to bring me tissues, give me kisses and count the pages "until I'd be happy again". It was so cute, I couldn't get mad at that interruption.

Colbey J

Juliet Farmer said...

my husband always interrupts me while i'm watching my fave tv shows. drives me crazy!

Melissa said...

I'm constantly interrupted at work!

-tmd636

My Two Army Brats said...

I am interrupted so often that my interruptions get interrupted.

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Caroline N. said...

On my way to get coffee at work this morning...and i saw A MILLIPEDE. Ew! This resulted in three women not being brave at all. Coffee delayed an hour. On a Monday.

Bridget O'Neill said...

I'm constantly being interrupted doing anything by my four year old daughter :)

Kimberly Pearlman said...

My littlest niece - everytime I try to talk to my mom she interrupts. She doesn't like us talking I guess. LOL

Anonymous said...

I always get interrupted while reading or watching a favorite TV show. It never fails...the phone always rings.

SuzyQ4PR at aol dot come

Reese78 said...

I am trying to catch up on everything that I've recorded on my DVR and the phone keeps ringing and interrupting me. Do people not know that I am clearly busy doing important stuff? :-p

betsy_blixt said...

Life. I was recently interrupted by being extremely sick and unable to live my life. I never thought i would hate being out of work of days at a time but it's not that easy and super boring.

Katie said...

My husband has this knack for interrupting me while I am on the phone. Like he won't say anything for 2 hours and then as soon as I am on the phone he has something that cannot wait! Men :)

your invisible pixie said...

i get interrupted when i'm watching things!

Kelleyc said...

My hubby interrupted my FB time yesterday so we could go look at our garden!! (he wanted to show me how tall the corn is!! Lol)

Kimmi said...

Without fail, whenever I'm typing a status that's longer than 2 sentences on FB, my boyfriend starts chattering.

Luvschocolate said...

I have 3 kids so it's usually when I'm on the phone or in the bathrooom

Liz said...

I have twin 2 year olds, and I get interrupted while enjoying the first sip of a fresh cup of coffee. I have about 2 sips of hot coffee per day. And 2 nearly-full lukewarm cups. Sigh.

Liz M-H

b.mirro said...

I got interrupted when walking to Penn Station to give my opinion on the Weiner amt the NYC mayor's race

Becki**** said...

I am ALWAYS interrupted when I am trying to READ, lol!

Dolly said...

My roomie knows better than to interrupt me while I'm reading; however, she has yet to learn not to interrupt me while I'm watching a movie! grrr!

A.C. said...

Lately my sleep has been interrupted by my two year old. Love her, but missing my sleep!

This book sounds amazing, I'll definitely have to read it!

Laura said...

Everything gets dropped if I get a phone call or text from one of my four kids. They are all adults which means they generally need help.

Amelia said...

my kiddos always interrupt my dinner

Books & Reviews said...

Every single time, I sit down to read a book, without fail, my husband interrupts me. A minimum of 5 times, something about me having a book in my hands makes him chatty!

Nanette said...

OMG....my SLEEP is interrupted every damn night. LOL!! It's either one thing or another. I get too hot, or I have to pee, or my back hurts, or the hubs is snoring. You name it...I almost never get a full night's sleep!!

Please tell me I'm not alone. LOL!!

Hugs Manic~ Nan :)

Carly said...

Naps! My naps are always interrupted.


Carly H

Leslie Carmack said...

My kids always become chatty when I start to read. I try really hard not to sigh, but sometimes it escapes! LeslieGC