|Wendy & Karen|
|Jill, Wendy & Karen|
Jill is a wonderful hostess, immediately putting her guests at ease. I was delighted to discover that I had been seated at a table with Wendy Wax and looked forward to chatting with her over lunch but first, we all settled in to listen to Karen and Wendy talk about the ins and outs of writing, being critique partners and their separate journeys to their current releases: The Beach Trees by Karen and Ten Beach Road by Wendy.
|Table-Mates Mary Alice and Evonne|
Karen's 2010 release, On Folly Beach spent five weeks on the NYT Bestseller List and is a finalist for this year's RITA for Novel with Strong Romantic Elements and her newest release, The Beach Trees, debuted at #15 on the NYT Trade Paperback Bestseller List. It's apparent that many new readers are discovering the wonders of this very talented author. Click here to read Janga's 5 Star review of The Beach Trees, posted yesterday at The Romance Dish and watch the video below to hear Karen talk about the inspiration for the story.
Madeline, Avery, and Nikki are strangers to each other, but they have one thing in common. They each wake up one morning to discover their life savings have vanished, along with their trusted financial manager- leaving them with nothing but co-ownership of a ramshackle beachfront house.
Throwing their lots in together, they take on the challenge of restoring the historic property. But just as they begin to reinvent themselves and discover the power of friendship, secrets threaten to tear down their trust-and destroy their lives a second time.
During the writing of Ten Beach Road, Wendy, who says no one in her family is allowed to own tools...for their own safety and the safety of others...became addicted to HGTV's home improvement shows and made a video about it on Youtube. Click below to check it out.
I hope you all enjoyed this peek into my first author lunch adventure. I had a wonderful time and am already looking forward to my next one and, after hearing Karen and Wendy speak, I'm more excited than ever about reading their new books!
Have you ever attended an author lunch or an author talk? Do you have events like these where you live? What author or authors would entice you to attend one? Have you attended any of the livestreaming author talks that have been on the internet recently?
We have two books to give away today to two random visitors thanks to the generosity of Heidi Richter at Penguin, Karen White and Wendy Wax. Just leave a comment to be eligible to win a signed copy of The Beach Trees or a signed copy of Ten Beach Road. (U.S. / Canadian addresses only)