Today I am absolutely judging a book by its cover. I mean, how can I not? Amber Brock’s latest, Lady Be Good is out and all you will need is a look at this poolside cover and be sold. This cover screams glamorous summer read. If you are looking for 1950’s glitz and glamour from Miami to Cuba then this is the book. I am thrilled to have Amber as my latest “Open Book”! We are talking all things from books to beauty to the Muppets 🙂 P.S. Her book to lipstick name may go down in history as one of the best ❤
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Set in the 1950s, Lady Be Good marks Amber Brock’s mesmerizing return, sweeping readers into the world of the mischievous, status-obsessed daughter of a hotel magnate and the electric nightlife of three iconic cities: New York, Miami, and Havana.
Kitty Tessler is the winsome and clever only child of self-made hotel and nightclub tycoon Nicolas Tessler. Kitty may not have the same pedigree as the tennis club set she admires, but she still sees herself as every inch the socialite–spending her days perfecting her “look” and her nights charming all the blue-blooded boys who frequent her father’s clubs. It seems like the fun will never end until Kitty’s father issues a terrible ultimatum: she may no longer date the idle rich. Instead, Kitty must marry Andre, her father’s second-in-command, and take her place as the First Lady of his hotel empire. Kitty is forced to come up with a wily and elaborate plan to protect her own lofty ideas for the future, as well as to save her best friend, Henrietta Bancroft, from a doomed engagement; Kitty will steal Henrietta’s fiancé, a fabulously wealthy but terribly unkind man from a powerful family–thereby delivering the one-two punch of securing her now-fragile place on the social ladder and keeping her friend from a miserable marriage.
Then Kitty meets Max, a member of a band visiting New York from her father’s Miami club, and her plans take a turn. Smitten, but still eager to convince her father of her commitment to Andre, Kitty and Hen follow Max, Andre, and the rest of the band back down to Miami–and later to Cuba. As Kitty spends more time with Max, she begins waking up to the beauty–and the injustice–of the world beyond her small, privileged corner of Manhattan. And when her well-intended yet manipulative efforts backfire, Kitty is forced to reconsider her choices and her future before she loses everyone she loves.
1. What three celebrities/authors/figures- living or dead, would you want to have a bookclub with?
Jane Austen, Oscar Wilde, and Stephen Fry. Apparently, I want conversation I can’t keep up with!
2. Current binge series?
Fresh Off the Boat. I’m admittedly late to the game on this one.
3. Last favorite book?
I love the Crazy Rich Asians series by Kevin Kwan, particularly China Rich Girlfriend.
4. What 3 things to you pack in your bag for your dream vacation? Where is it?
Good walking shoes, a guide to historic castles, and my RailPass. I’m going to the UK!
5. Sunday NYT or US Weekly?
I read the NYT articles that my beloved coworker sends me, but I definitely pick up US Weekly at the salon.
6. Last person you sent a text message to?
7. Book you read that you wished you wrote?
I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb or Bridget Jones’ Diary by Helen Fielding. Two of my all-time favorites.
8. Do you have a teacher who encouraged you to become a writer?
Mrs. Rutledge, who was my teacher and mentor and is now my friend. I owe her so much, and I’m forever grateful she’s a part of my life.
9. Do you listen to music while you write? If so, who?
I listen while I’m planning but not while drafting (too distracting). My husband makes me playlists to inspire me—sometimes with era-appropriate music, sometimes to match the tone of whatever I’m working on. The playlists have had everyone from Yo-Yo Ma to Rhianna on them. Like my reading preferences, my tastes in music are eclectic.
10. Describe your writing space?
I have an office with ocean-blue walls and windows that look out on the trees and birds in my backyard.
11. Coffee or tea?
Mostly coffee, but I like a cup of tea on a cold afternoon.
12. Do you have a favorite book that you gift?
I love passing along the Harry Potter series, Sense and Sensibility, and Emma.
13. Book that you wished they would make a movie out of?
Until recently, I would have said Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Prachett, but the mini-series is coming soon on Amazon. I got my wish!
14. If you could have one song as the theme song of your life what would it be and why?
“Rainbow Connection” (yes, by Kermit the Frog). It’s such a lovely song about the power of dreams and hope, and it’s been a favorite of mine for a long time.
15. What/Who inspires you?
My husband and my mother.
16. Bravo reality TV- yes or no?
Not for me. I prefer my drama fictional.
17. Favorite Instagram account?
18. If you could name just one lipstick after a book, what would you call it and what shade would it be?
I’d call it Sangria and Sensibility, and it would be a deep wine-red. More of a Marianne color than Elinor.
19. Current #TBR pile?
Mostly 10th grade essays. When I finish those, I’m looking forward to getting back to an ARC of Not Our Kind by Kitty Zeldis. I also got myself I Was Anastasia by Ariel Lawhon that’s waiting on my coffee table.
20. Best advice you’ve ever received?
“Wherever you go, there you are.” I take it as a reminder that you bring your baggage with you, so no change of situation will ever be enough to bring joy. Joy has to come from within.