Fab Fall Reads~ Lauren Graham Edition

So I was late to the Gilmore Girls party.  I know, shocking, as I am a huge fan of the old CW and love all things pop culture.  I finally caved and started to binge the series on Netflix.  OMG.  I am in love with this show.  I think I love it more now then I would have then because I am a mom.  I love Lorelai Gilmore and the relationship between her and Rory.  Lauren Graham is amazing in this role (sidenote: never watched Parenthood either so that is my next series).  Having now jumped on this bandwagon, I can say I am super excited about the revival!  I love Fuller House so I am sure Netflix will do it justice.  Not only is Graham an amazing actress but she is an author too!  Fiction and soon to be non-fiction author, triple threat!!!  Her first book Someday, Someday Maybe was fiction and hit the NYT bestseller list.  It tells the story about an struggling actress who is trying to find herself.  Her newest book, a memoir, Talking as Fast as I Can comes out next month to coincide with the revival.  Read below about each book- full reviews to come and share in the comments if you are a GG fan as well 🙂

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via Goodreads~

In her first work of nonfiction, the beloved star of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood recounts her experiences on Gilmore Girls—the first and second time—and shares stories about life, love, and working in Hollywood. This collection of essays is written in the intimate, hilarious, and down-to earth voice that made her novel, Someday Someday Maybe, a New York Times bestseller.

“This book contains some stories from my life: the awkward growing up years, the confusing dating years, the fulfilling working years, and what it was like to be asked to play one of my favorite characters again. You probably think I’m talking about my incredible achievement as Dolly in Hello, Dolly! as a Langley High School junior, a performance my dad called “you’re so much taller than the other kids.” But no! I’m talking about Lorelai Gilmore, who, back in 2008, I wasn’t sure I’d ever see again. Also included: tales of living on a houseboat, meeting guys at awards shows, and that time I was asked to be a butt model. A hint: all three made me seasick.”—Lauren Graham

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via Goodreads ~

Franny Banks is a struggling actress in New York City, with just six months left of the three year deadline she gave herself to succeed. But so far, all she has to show for her efforts is a single line in an ad for ugly Christmas sweaters and a degrading waitressing job. She lives in Brooklyn with two roommates-Jane, her best friend from college, and Dan, a sci-fi writer, who is very definitely not boyfriend material-and is struggling with her feelings for a suspiciously charming guy in her acting class, all while trying to find a hair-product cocktail that actually works.

Meanwhile, she dreams of doing “important” work, but only ever seems to get auditions for dishwashing liquid and peanut butter commercials. It’s hard to tell if she’ll run out of time or money first, but either way, failure would mean facing the fact that she has absolutely no skills to make it in the real world. Her father wants her to come home and teach, her agent won’t call her back, and her classmate Penelope, who seems supportive, might just turn out to be her toughest competition yet.

Someday, Someday, Maybe is a funny and charming debut about finding yourself, finding love, and, most difficult of all, finding an acting job.

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In Twenty Years by Allison Winn Scotch

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The summer books just keep getting better and the weather keeps getting hotter!  I was so excited to receive a copy of Allison Winn Scotch’sAllison Winn Scotch’s newest book, In Twenty Years.  Think the movie The Big Chill.  A wonderful, complex novel of a group of friends who reunite after their college graduation, twenty years later.  There is nothing I love more than a novel centered around a group of friends, especially an eclectic group and this was nothing short of that.  Winn, who is one of my favorite authors and really people because if you love Tim Riggins you are a friend of mine (you must follow her on Facebook to see her amazing posts about Felicity, Friday Night Lights and all things pop culture 🙂 ), knocks it out of the park with a book that is funny, emotional and real.  The characters, all completely different, are the outcome of what we all feel when we reunite with old friends- joy, envy, compassion and love.  Take my word for it, In Twenty Years will keep you turning the pages.

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In Twenty Years is a densely woven story, which I do not want to give too much away, and multi layered due to its rich characters and thorough plot.  A group of college friends reunite at the calling of their recently deceased friend thanks to a request in her will.  All at different points in their lives they gather together at their college house bringing baggage, secrets and confessions.  Told through alternating chapters for each character, the story is hard to resist as every page captures the essence of this group of friends and has revelations that will keep you guessing.  Winn Scotch, again tells a story that is unique yet captivating for the reader, something she does again and again with her books.  Get this book, grab a cocktail and settle into the sand.  In Twenty Years is my “Poolside Pick”of the week!  This book will bring you lots of BLISS 🙂

 

*Thanks to Lake Union for sending Bliss, Beauty and Books a review copy.

 

Here’s To Us by Elin Hildebrand


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We all know, as readers, that Elin Hilderbrand is the queen of beach reads.  Each summer I anxiously await her gorgeous covers and blissful, beachy plots.  I mean any book set on Nantucket you automatically can smell the salt air and feel the sand between your toes.  Plus I am a New England gal and love that Elin loves her town so much to continuously write about it.  I have been and if I lived there year round I would be that in love with it too!  Here’s to Us was quintessential Elin and I soaked it up in merely a few days.  She once again can continue to reign as a beach read queen and this book just put another jewel on her crown.

Here’s To Us centers around Laurel, Belinda and Scarlett all former wives of celebrity chef – Deacon Thorpe.  All completely different they are reunited on Nantucket upon hearing that Deacon has passed away.  Buck, a former employee and confidant of Deacons, wants everyone to gather at Deacon’s old house to celebrate his life and spread his ashes.  Along with Deacon’s children with each wife, they gather for a few days that are filled with drama, loss and secrets.  Set against the beautiful setting of sun, sea and sand each character is dealing with the loss of Deacon in their own way.  Can this eclectic group come together and mourn the loss of someone they all loved or will greed and jealousy divide them and have them leaving the island with regret?
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Here’s To Us is the perfect book to keep the pages turning under the hot sun.  It has all the main ingredients to prove this- amazing characters, a complex plot and the perfect amount of drama, love and lust.  Hilderbrand summer after summer garners new fans with these page turners and this fan has yet to be disappointed.  She just has a way with a summer read and I think it’s the fact that she lives and breathes Nantucket life as well as taking beautiful, beachy vacations.  She gets it.  And by “it” I mean she knows what we readers want in the perfect beach read.  Thank you Elin, time and time again for making our summer days and nights that much better!

*Thanks to Little Brown for sending a review copy.

The Year We Turned Forty by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke

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So I do not need to declare my love for bestie authors Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke.  I mean if you follow them on Instagram or Facebook you will see that they are the gals you would call on a Friday night for guaranteed fun, all the while knowing they write absolutely addictive and fabulous books.  The Year We Turned Forty was just this and more.  Each year I get super excited for their books and then have complete sadness when they are over as I know I have to wait!  Not only are their books a literary triple threat they are as well- fierce, fun and fabulous.

The Year We Turned Forty centers around three best friends- Jessie, Claire and Gabriela.  They are all facing life challenges but decide to take a girls getaway to Vegas to celebrate all turning 50.  While there, they are all trying to get away from the everyday stressors of their lives when they meet Blair Wainwright, an illusionist who tells them if they all agree then he can bring them back 10 years, to the year they turned forty.  They will be able to get a second chance on some of the decisions and mistakes they made way back then.  They all decide they are in and overnight they are transported back to 2005.  Each dealing with their own decisions and issues they have to decide if they want to change the past or continue to live in the future with possible regrets.

Jessie is dealing with the fact that she cheated on her husband and got pregnant with someone else’s baby.  She is unsure if she should keep the identity of the father to herself or share with her husband the baby’s father.  Gabriela is dealing with infertility and the effect that is having on her successful career and marriage.  Will she be able to make it through or will the inability to bear a child cause demise in her life?  Finally, Claire is reliving the cancer diagnosis of her mother and the parental issues of dealing with a teenage daughter.  Feeling like she can’t manage she tries to look for the silver lining in her life but will she be able to handle the heartache?

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Finishing this booked just reaffirmed my love for Liz and Lisa.  They are master storytellers about friendship and womanhood.  Their books are relatable and their characters are people we all know or want to know, making it impossible to put them down.  I absolutely loved the premise of this story as it would be the perfect book club topic- What if you could re-write history?  We all think of the what if’s in life but if you were really given the chance what would you do?  The thought that Liz and Lisa give to each women and their story is so evident in this book which makes their skill for character development so obvious.  This is an absolute must read and the perfect choice to get us into summer beach read season!  Until the next Liz and Lisa book…enjoy 🙂

*Thanks to Atria books for sending a copy of They Year We Turned Forty for review!

Island in the Sea by Anita Hughes

 

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So I just came back from a trip to Majorca!  Not really, but that is how Island in the Sea by Anita Hughes made me feel!  I felt transported to this beautiful island without having to leave the comfort of my couch!  Not shocking ,as Hughes always manages to write with such description there is no other option but to take yourself there.  I loved this story as I usually do with Hughes’ novels.  It was part love story added with some sun and some fabulous fashion, what more could a girl want!  Back your bathing suit and pour some champagne as Island in the Sea is the perfect getaway.

Judith is a record executive sent to the island of Majorca off the coast of Spain, by her boss Gideon, to make sure hit songwriter Lionel completes his contract.  Lionel, years older than Judith, is at a low point of his career, heartbroken and thinking he doesn’t have any more songs in him.  Judith is frustrated because she knows her job is in jeopardy if she does not return to LA with a new album.  Since Lionel is going to the beat of his own drum, Judith has no option but to explore all that Majorca has to offer.  Here she meets Gabriella, a young, beautiful girl who works at her parents restaurant.  While getting to know Gabriella, Judith discovers she has a voice of an angel and would be the next Beyonce.  But Gabriella is not interested in that life as she wants to settle down and open her own restaurant with her boyfriend.  Gabriella’s grandmother, who also befriends Judith, believes she should follow her singing career as she doesn’t want her to have regrets.  As Judith starts to get comfortable with Lionel and life on the island she meets Henry, a professional tennis player who she could potentially be falling in love with.  As her time starts to come to an end she’s at a crossroads; Will Lionel complete his contract?  IS Henry the one? Will Gabriella change her mind and become the next big thing? And lastly is true love something Judith will find in the magical Majorca?

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Anita Hughes always ceases to suck me into her novels and that is the best possible thing 🙂 Her settings are so real and her character stories are so addicting.  You become part of the story as the reader. and really what more can you ask for as a bookworm.  This book is the perfect appetizer for the upcoming beach read season.  Stay tuned as Hughes has another novel coming out soon, Santorini Sunsets which is sure to be just as delectable.  I was so excited to be able to ask Hughes a few questions about her writing as well as some fun facts about Anita herself.  See below!

 

Bliss Chat with Anita Hughes

 

1.  I literally felt like I just took a trip to Majorca!  You always have a way of transporting the reader to your exotic destinations.   What is your process/method into getting so in detail with your locations?  Have you traveled to any of them?
One of my favorite things about writing is describing the locations because I also feel like I’m right there! I have traveled to most of them but I refresh my memory by immersing myself on the internet – I study images and look up hotels and restaurants. I even spend a lot of time on menus!
2.  The book centered around the music business.  Who are your favorite artists and did you listen to lots of different songs while writing this novel to inspire you?
 
I’m a fan of Coldplay and Muse and I’m enjoying Twenty One Pilots. I walk for forty-five minutes every day – to the beach – and I always listen to Spotify. The song that inspired me to write ISLAND IN THE SEA is The Girl From Ipanema. It is an old Bossa Nova song and it is the second most recorded song in pop music history. I love the Frank Sinatra version – it makes me feel summery.
 
3.  I loved the relationship between Judith and Gabriella.  Were you secretly routing for Gabriella to pursue her music career or did you know she would follow her heart for love?
 
I knew Gabriella would follow her heart. She is so happy in Majorca, and love and family are the most important things to her.
4. I know you live in CA.  Have you ever encountered people like Lionel and Gideon in your career?
 
I haven’t encountered them specifically, but I imagine they are lurking around Hollywood!
5.  As a writer, where is your favorite place to write?
 
My favorite place (and the only place I write) is on the love seat in my bedroom. It looks out on our garden and on the golf course. It is very peaceful and our garden is often full of bunnies!
6. Name 3 blissful things that you can’t live without?
 
The beach, frozen yogurt, books.
7. What is the first thing you do when you complete a book?
 
I usually walk to the beach, it is a great way to relax and unwind.
8. What was the last book that you read?
 
The Nest, by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney. It was terrific.
9. While on tour what is a must-have beauty product in your make-up bag?
 
Lipgloss! My lips always get dry from talking.
10. Are you looking forward to any books that are coming out in 2016?
 
There are so many great books coming out this year! I am looking forward to Lauren Weisberger’s new novel, THE SINGLES GAME and Emily Giffin’s FIRST COMES LOVE.
*Thank you to St.Martin’s Press for sending a copy for review.

The Dinner Party by Brenda Janowitz ~ Author Q&A

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The Dinner Party by Brenda Janowitz was, like I had said in my Easter post, just as addicting as Cadbury Mini Eggs.  Now for me that means I can’t stop after one, in this case, could not stop one chapter after another.  I literally had to pace myself and savor, just like a bowl of Mini Eggs 🙂  Not only am I a huge fan of Brenda’s writing but she is my go to for must reads thanks to her PopSugar articles.  She is the gals guide to delicious reads and now with this newest novel she can add herself to the list of Spring 2016 must reads.

The Dinner Party centers around a colorful and zany family celebrating Seder dinner.  Sylvia, the matriarch of the family is hosting and stressfully getting ready to host her daughters new boyfriend and his family.  The catch is they are the ever famous Jewish Rothschild family.  To Sylvia this is the most excited dinner she has hosted and wants it to be completely perfect because, I mean, its the Rothschild’s.  With her husband Alan by her side she knows this will be a success even though there are a few things she wishes she could change.  For instance her other daughter, Sarah, and her longtime boyfriend Joe.  Sylvia not being a fan of Joe, since he is not jewish and a big Italian guy, wishes Sarah would cut her losses and look for a gentlemen involved in their faith.  Sarah knows this but is madly in love with Joe and is harboring a secret that she knows will only send her mother over the edge.  On top of that Joe is bringing his mother who insist they chat  via the iPad with her husband who is in prison.  Sylvia’s other daughter Becca, is currently in medical school and dating the infamous Henry Rothschild, who really isn’t contributing much to society which in turn makes Becca question her career and future plans.  Then finally, there is Gideon , who is the prodigal son and can’t do wrong until he shows up to the dinner with a special guest and announcement to make.  With all of the surprises unfolding, Syliva is not sure how she will make it through the dinner and how her perfect family stayed from her ideal plans in life.

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I love this book so much and miss the characters already!  I am hoping, maybe, there will be a revisit to them as there is so much more to tell!  Janowitz is clearly a master storyteller creating a world where the reader cam immerse themselves into the story.  Again, a theme I am finding as a reader (lucky me), that Janowitz creates real characters and relatable themes which makes her that much more lovable.  I felt like she was talking to me while reading the book.  Her voice is so genuine and thoughtful it truly shines in The Dinner Party!  Brenda was kind enough to answer a few questions below.  She made me want to call her on the phone and chat all things books and gossip!  She’s so fun and I loved her answers 😉

 

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  1. This novel was based on a Seder dinner with a colorful family. How much of the story was based off your family and experiences?

I may have to plead the fifth on this one!

 

But seriously, I always say that my books come from everything and they come from nothing. I find inspiration everywhere, and that includes from my family, but there’s never any one character who’s just one person. Everything I write is an amalgam of every experience I’ve ever had.

 

  1. The relationship between the siblings and their mother was so complicated yet special.  What gave you inspiration in creating these different dynamics? 

The first relationship I thought about in creating the book was that of Sylvia and Sarah. And I think that theirs is the central relationship in the book. But as I began to flesh out the book, I thought about each character—which women would have more than one child? Which would have only one child? Was that by choice?

When it came to Sylvia’s family, I imagined a competitive environment. Sylvia didn’t come from much, so she always had to fight. I wanted her to enstill that in her children, which may or may not be a good thing.

 

  1. I loved the characters of Joe and Sarah.  Did you ever have girlfriends that dated outside of the jewish faith?  If so was it a big issue for the families?

Thank you!

 

Yes, I think intermarriage and dating outside of one’s faith is always something that happens, always something that people are going to think about and talk about. I’ve dated outside my faith, and most of my girlfriends have, too. Some of my closest friends married outside of their faith. I think it can be a struggle to reconcile, but if the bond is strong, a couple will always figure it out in a way that works for their families. 

 

  1. Family was key in this novel.  What was it like to grow up in your house? (sibling/parental relationship, favorite memories?)

I have a very close knit family. I’ve always been close to both of my parents, and my younger brother, too. I grew up in a warm environment, and I have so many fond memories of holiday time both with my family, and with extended family, too. I suppose that’s part of what drew me to a holiday story—this idea of family all gathered together around a shared experience. 

 

  1. As a writer, where is your favorite place to write?

As a writer, I’d love to write on a beach, with the cool breeze in my hair.

 

But as a busy working mommy, I’d say that I mostly write wherever and whenever I can. Sometimes that’s at my desk, sometimes it’s on a laptop at a coffee shop, and sometimes it’s dictating full chapters of a book in the nursery school parking lot!

 

  1. Name 3 blissful things that you can’t live without?

When I really need to unwind, I take a bubble bath. And nothing is better than reading a book while those bubbles tickle your toes. But really, what I couldn’t live without is my husband and my two sons—they are my bliss; they are my everything.

 

So, books, bubbles, and boys. (Did that sound dirty?)

  1. What is the first thing you do when you complete a book?

Freak out.

 

I wish I could say that it gets easier with each book I write, but five books in, every time I start a new book it feels like a mountain that I just can’t climb. It feels like I’ll never write another book again. But writers write, so I do!

 

  1. What was the last book that you read?

I just finished Jane Green’s FALLING for my PopSugar Summer Reads list and it was fabulous. I just adore everything Jane writes.

  1. While on tour what is a must-have beauty product in your make-up bag?

 Lip balm is a must for me. I always have chapped lips. But I’m also obsessed with fake eyelashes, so if you see me on tour with sexy bedroom eyes, you know my secret.

 

  1. Are you looking forward to any books that are coming out in 2016?

So many!

 

I’ve been doing book roundups for PopSugar, and it enables me to read all of the fabulous books coming out each season before they hit shelves. My spring picks are here: http://www.popsugar.com/love/Best-2016-Spring-Books-Women-39774358#photo-39774358   And I’ll be getting my summer picks together shortly so stay tuned.

 

Bio:

Brenda is the author of five novels, including THE DINNER PARTY (St. Martin’s April 2016). Her work has also appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Salon, the New York Post, Publisher’s Weekly, PopSugar, Mom.me, Hello Giggles, Writer’s Digest Magazine, WritersDigest.com, and xojane. You can find Brenda on her website, www.brendajanowitz.com, and on Facebook and Twitter at @BrendaJanowitz.

 

Brenda attended Cornell University and Hofstra Law School, where she was a member of the Law Review. Upon graduation from Hofstra, worked for the law firm Kaye Scholer, LLP, and did a federal clerkship with the Honorable Marilyn Dolan Go, United States Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of New York.

 

Social media:
Website: www.brendajanowitz.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/brendaJanowitz

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BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/brenda-janowitz

 

About THE DINNER PARTY:

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This Passover Seder is not just any Passover Seder. Yes, there will be a quick service and then a festive meal afterwards, but this night is different from all other nights. This will be the night the Golds of Greenwich meet the Rothschilds of New York City.

 

The Rothschilds are the stuff of legends. They control banks, own vineyards in Napa, diamond mines in Africa, and even an organic farm somewhere in the Midwest that produces the most popular Romaine lettuce consumed in this country. And now, Sylvia Gold’s daughter is dating one of them.

 

When Sylvia finds out that her youngest of three is going to bring her new boyfriend to the Seder, she’s giddy. When she finds out that his parents are coming, too, she darn near faints. Making a good impression is all she thinks about. Well, almost. She still has to consider her other daughter, Sarah, who’ll be coming with her less than appropriate beau and his overly dramatic Italian mother. But the drama won’t stop there. Because despite the food and the wine, despite the new linen and the fresh flowers, the holidays are about family. Long forgotten memories come to the surface. Old grievances play out. And Sylvia Gold has to learn how to let her family go.

 

Praise for THE DINNER PARTY:

“With an impeccable eye for detail, Janowitz skillfully creates scenarios and relationships so authentic that they’re simultaneously hilarious and cringe-worthy. Equally compelling is the cast of emotionally complex, nuanced characters who are lovable even at their most exasperating … [T]his novel delivers poignant universal truths about familial love and conflict in story that will have readers eagerly turning every delicious page. Thoroughly kosher.” – Kirkus Review

 

“THE DINNER PARTY is everything a reader wants in a novel: guests with a knack for inspired conversation and family drama swirling both above and below the table. A truly entertaining read!” – Elin Hilderbrand, author of THE RUMOR

 

You think your family is chock full of quirky personalities? Pull up a chair for a holiday meal with the Golds of Greenwich! The vibe is hilarious with a side of heartfelt (but never corny); and the guests are as relatable as they are occasionally appalling. Brenda Janowitz works the room with sensitivity and humor. Thanks to her consummate hostessing, The Dinner Party is a satisfying, delicious meal that sticks with you long after it’s over. –Elisabeth Egan, author of A WINDOW OPENS

 

“In her funny and smart novel, THE DINNER PARTY,  Brenda Janowitz tells a story of transformation and hilarity. With an acute eye for complicated family dynamics, Janowitz takes us inside the hearts and minds of her characters at a holiday dinner. In great bursts of laughter and solemnity, we meet and love family members who are all trying to find their way both in the world and also in their family. As with any good dinner party, it’s a pleasure spending time at Janowitz’s table.” – Patti Callahan Henry, author of THE IDEA OF LOVE

 

“Don’t miss a seat at this table! Brenda Janowitz’s THE DINNER PARTY charms and delights with a story of the time-honored struggles between parents and grown children, husbands and wives, and brothers and sisters as unconditional love bumps up against unmet expectations. Laugh-out-loud funny with the biggest heart, you will fall in love with this family.” – Jamie Brenner, author of THE WEDDING SISTERS

 

“[The Dinner Party] skewers family distinctions, revealing how each member is vital to the functioning of the whole … readers who enjoy tales of family dynamics will devour this title.”  – Library Journal

 

 

Some Women by Emily Liebert ~ Author Q&A

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It’s pretty clear that Emily Liebert has locked her place in my bookish heart as a favorite author.  Book after book I am so impressed with her writing and after reading Some Women it just solidified her ability to take me into a world where the characters are relatable and the stories are so real.  I love this about her and its something that not every author can do.  Sure an author can create a world where we can escape to but Liebert takes you to coffee with your friends or drinks with your spouse.  Its stories we look forward to in our lives, characters that give us character which in turn makes us think and grow.  As you read her novels, you see that her characters are people we all know and love; when they struggle we struggle and when they triumph we feel their joy.  Some Women was a celebration of friendship and female force.  Even though I do not know her personally, but I can pretend we are besties 😉 , I like to think Liebert is a force as well and a girls girl who like the characters in this book will be there for her friends in a pinch!

Some Women centers around Annabelle, Piper and Mackenzie.  All at different points in their life but yet dealing with the daily struggles being a wife, working mom, daughter, etc.  Brought together by their daily barre classes they start to build a friendship over quick conversation and coffee, post class.  Annabelle is a mom of twins whose husband is always hounding her to relax as at times she can be a little uptight.  Not knowing that this is something that has bothered him for a while, she is shocked when he decides they need a break and leaves.  Piper is the mom of a wonderful daughter, Fern,  who is  in a new relationship with Todd, the perfect guy for her.  Fern resisting to accept that Todd is here to stay, starts to wonder where her real father is.  Right when Todd and Piper are ready to take the next step, Piper’s ex shows up making her question everything.  And then there is Mackenzie who is trying so desperately to have a baby and create a family with her husband.  She s having difficulty and it doesn’t help that her overbearing mother-in-law is trying to control the situation.  Little does Mackenzie know that her “perfect” husband is capable of a few secrets himself.

 

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Again Liebert blew me out of the water with her realistic plot and relatable issues.  She is what I like to call the “girls best friend author”.  The author who we love to read and who we like to think is our bestie.  This is an honor I only give out to a few favorite writers.  If you have yet to read her back catalog then you are missing out!  All are so different but so delicious and Some Women fits right into that category.  I was so excited when I had the opportunity to ask Emily a few questions about the novel as well as about her!  See below.  Bonus : Gerard Cosmetics has created a special limited edition lip gloss trio based off the ladies in the book which will be launched the day the novel comes out.  Hello this is a Bliss, Beauty and Books match made in heaven!

 

Bliss Talk with Emily Liebert

1. This novel is based around friends from a barre studio and I know you teach at Pure Barre.  Did you base these women on friends/students you have met during your time there? I love teaching Pure Barre in my “spare time.” It’s something I do because I’m passionate about it and because it clears my mind. And, I do have a few close friends there. That said Annabel, Mackenzie, and Piper are not based on those specific women, nor are they based wholly on anyone. With my characters, I tend to amalgamate personality traits from a number of different people—friends, acquaintances, family, and sometimes my own!

 

2. Out of all three ladies- Annabel, Piper and Mackenzie- who do you identify with most, maybe not experience wise, but personality? I’d say I’m a combination of Annabel and Mackenzie. Like Annabel, I’m a control freak, and—I hope—the best mother that I can be. And like Mackenzie, I’m very energetic and determined—plus we both love to cook and eat!

 

3. This took on some serious issues that a lot of women face- infidelity, divorce, miscarriage, etc.  Do you think it was one of your more difficult novels to write because of this? Unfortunately, I’ve reached a stage in my life where many of my friends are going through one or more of these things. For that reason, I understood the circumstances surrounding each. The difficulty resided in the fact that—since I’ve never experienced any of these things first hand—I wanted to do right by the stories I’ve been told. And pay respect to the people who shared them with me.

 

4.  The bond of friendship was really the main character in the novel, I think.  How would you describe your best girlfriends? What is one of your favorite memories with them? My best girlfriends are all smart, creative, strong women. And inspiring moms—I learn from them every day. My favorite memories with my friends are when we’re doing nothing more than sitting around, talking about our lives, eating delicious food, and drinking great wine.

 

5.  As a writer, where is your favorite place to write? My office in my home. It’s the only place I write.

 

6. Name 3 blissful things that you can’t live without? I’m going to assume you don’t mean people! In no particular order: Traveling, Watching reality TV, and Cold Sesame Noodles. Actually, probably in that order!

 

7. What is the first thing you do when you complete a book? Feel complete and utter relief.

 

8. What was the last book that you read? How to Start a Fire by Lisa Lutz

 

9. While on tour what is a must-have beauty product in your make-up bag? Maybelline Great Lash mascara in Blackest Black

 

10. Are you looking forward to any books that are coming out in 2016? So many! Falling by Jane Green. The Singles Game by Lauren Weisberger. Here’s to Us by Elin Hilderbrand. First Comes Love by Emily Giffin. I could go on…

 

*Thanks to Berkley NAL for sending a review copy.

 

Press Release for the partnership of Emily and Gerard Cosmetics:

Gerard Cosmetics Partners with Bestselling Author Emily Liebert

THE SOME WOMEN COLLECTION

 BY GERARD COSMETICS

Exclusive Set of Lip Glosses Named After the Book and Characters

New York, NY (February 9, 2016)—Every woman loves to feel beautiful inside and out. The leading ladies of bestselling author Emily Liebert’s forthcoming novel, Some Women, are no exception, and are the inspiration for a gorgeous and exclusive new line of lip glosses created by Gerard Cosmetics.

The Some Women Collection by Gerard Cosmetics features three stunning colors, named for the book’s three main characters, and each color represents something about the character’s personality:

Mackenzie—Wild Orchid: daring, driven, with a bit of an edge.

Piper—Salmon: understated, delicate, and independent.

Annabel—Candy Apple: confident, classic, and composed.

 

Gerard Cosmetics is a line created for women by women who empower each other. Emily Liebert’s Some Women is a witty and compelling novel about self-discovery and the redemptive power of female friendship as three very different women form an unexpected—and unbreakable—bond.

The Some Women Collection by Gerard Cosmetics and Emily Liebert’s novel Some Women will launch on the same day: April 5, 2016 (the book’s official publication date) and the collection will be available for purchase at www.gerardcosmetics.com. Gerard Cosmetics will donate a portion of the proceeds from the sales of the lip gloss bundle to the Domestic Violence Center of Santa Clara Valley, whose mission it is to provide safety and support to victims of domestic violence while working to break the cycle of abuse.

“I’m very excited to be partnered with Gerard Cosmetics on an exclusive bundle of lip glosses to commemorate the launch of my new novel SOME WOMEN, says Emily Liebert. “Gerard Cosmetics celebrates strong women whose beauty radiates from within, and so do I. With my previous books, I’ve seen tremendous success through collaborating with brands that are synergistic with my own brand and the characters that I create. I look forward to sharing Mackenzie, Piper, and Annabel’s signature colors with my readers!”

Learn more about Emily Liebert and Some Women: www.emilyliebert.com.

Learn more about Gerard Cosmetics: www.gerardcosmetics.com.

Learn more about the Domestic Violence Center of Santa Clara Valley: http://dvc-scv.com/index.php/mission-and-vision/