Happy Summer Bliss readers! Beach reading season is officially here and there is so much to share! I am kicking off my first post of official summer with Amy Mason Doan’s latest sunny gem! I mean her books have “Summer” in the title, they were made to be read in the sand with an umbrella drink 🙂 We are talking all things “Open Book” and celebrating her latest release, Summer Hours. She enjoys a good Bravo show (me too!), has a gorgeous literary lipstick shade and picked REO Speedwagon as a theme song for her life- I mean could we love her even more? ❤
via Amazon ~
Commencement meets The Graduate in this sparkling novel about a secret affair, the summer it all unravels, and the reunion a decade later that will be one woman’s happy ending or her biggest mistake.
Becc was the good girl. A dedicated student. Aspiring reporter. Always where she was supposed to be. Until a secret affair with the charming Cal one summer in college cost her everything she held dear: her journalism dreams; her relationship with her best friend, Eric; and her carefully imagined future.
Now, Becc’s past is back front and center as she travels up the scenic California coast to a wedding—with a man she hasn’t seen in a decade. As each mile flies by, Becc can’t help but feel the thrilling push and pull of memories, from infinite nights at beach bonfires and lavish boat parties to secret movie sessions. But the man beside her is not so eager to re-create history. And as the events of that heartbreaking summer come into view, Becc must decide if those dazzling hours they once shared are worth fighting for or if they’re lost forever.
Set in the mid ’90s and 2008, Amy Mason Doan’s Summer Hours is a warmly told novel about the idealism of youth, the seductive power of nostalgia and what happens when you realize you haven’t become the person you’d always promised to be.
“Engaging and nostalgic. Doan’s writing sweeps you away to the high-speed, sun-soaked backdrop of nineties California.” —Helen Hoang, author of The Kiss Quotient
“A beautifully crafted story of love, ambition, and friendship.” —Jamie Brenner, bestselling author of The Forever Summer and Drawing Home
- What three celebrities/authors/figures- living or dead, would you want to have a bookclub with?
Dorothy Parker, Michelle Obama, and Lindy West
- Current binge series? Catastrophe. It’s hysterical.
- Last favorite book? Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley
- What 3 things do you pack in your bag for your dream vacation? My Kindle, a massive floppy hat, and a personal Slurpee machine.
Where is it? A remote hut on the island of Rarotonga. I stopped there for a couple of nights on my way back to California from New Zealand 20 years ago and I’ve always wanted to return.
- Sunday NYT or US Weekly? NYT
- Last person you sent a text message to? My daughter. It was a Deadline article about her favorite singer, Alec Benjamin. We just saw him live.
- Book you read that you wished you wrote? The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
- Do you have a teacher who encouraged you to become a writer? Nope, but my honors English teacher in high school was quite a character. She terrified us. She called herself “a brain farmer” and had us write papers comparing the Bob Geldolf character in Pink Floyd’s The Wall with Pip in Great Expectations. Once she yelled at me in front of the whole class for whispering back to a friend and I was mortified. (I was a pretty shy, well-behaved kid.) So maybe I secretly wanted to prove something to her. Thank you, Mrs. X!
- Do you listen to music while you write? If so, who? I can’t listen to anything with lyrics but I play a sound machine. For THE SUMMER LIST I used “Lapping Lake” and for SUMMER HOURS it was “Pounding Surf.”
- Describe your writing space? In warm weather I write in a hammock in the backyard. In winter, or when I’m desperate to tune everything out, I write in my daughter’s walk-in closet. I drag a beanbag chair in there, turn out the light, and shut the door.
- Coffee or tea? Coffee in the morning. Iced tea on warm afternoons.
- Do you have a favorite book that you gift? Two. A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote and Let’s Take the Long Way Home by Gail Caldwell.
- Book that you wished they would make a movie out of? Well, one of mine would be lovely! Also –Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner.
- If you could have one song as the theme song of your life what would it be and why? Roll With the Changes by REO Speedwagon. It’s sound advice. I’m generally more into soulful acoustic/folk music, but I saw REO Speedwagon live with Styx and Boston once and they shredded.
- What/Who inspires you? Journalists who risk their lives to get the truth out.
- Bravo reality TV- yes or no? Yep. I’m obsessed with Below Deck. It’s Upstairs/Downstairs on water. I also watch RHONY (though I miss Carole) and Southern Charm.
- Favorite Instagram account? @dailyoverview . It shows gorgeous shots of earth from great altitudes. The idea is to give us the sensation of astronauts looking down on earth from space so we think about how beautiful and fragile the planet is.
- If you could name just one lipstick after a book, what would you call it and what shade would it be? “Catalina Island Crimson.” It’d be the bright red that my SUMMER HOURS main character Becc’s cheeks flush when she has sex for the first time.
- Current #TBR pile? The Butterfly Girl by Rene Denfeld, The Huntress by Kate Quinn, The Widow of Pale Harbor by Hester Fox, You, Me, and The Sea by Meg Donohue, The Castle on Sunset by Shawn Levy, City of Girlsby Elizabeth Gilbert
- Best advice you’ve ever received? Worry less about what people think of you and more about what you want. I’m working on it!