Monday, August 1, 2016

The Continental Breakfast Club Series (Spotlight, Author Interview and Giveaway!)


I am so excited to be kicking off the Continental Breakfast Club Series by Pamela Ford. If you're looking for light reading in the form of romantic comedy, these are it! Read my interview with award-winning author Pamela Ford and be sure to enter the giveaway. Look for my reviews this month: Over Easy on Aug 3 and Fresh Brewed on Aug 17.

Book Description for Over Easy:

Allie Parker's had enough. Just because she's a dog groomer, her overachieving family of doctors and lawyers treats her like a child. She's convinced that a successful husband is all she needs to change their attitudes. So when she and her friends come up with a brilliant new way to meet eligible men, Allie squeezes into her sister's stylish clothes and sneaks into continental breakfast at an upscale hotel to find herself the perfect guy.

Before Allie has taken her last bite of syrup-laden waffle, she's met the man of her dreams. But what she doesn't know is that he's a jewel thief who mistakenly thinks she's his contact—and so does everyone else who's after his stash of diamonds.

Suddenly Allie's world is crazily upended. And as she scrambles to prove her innocence and get back to her old life, she discovers happily ever after sneaks up when you least expect it.

Buy the book: Amazon ~ Barnes & Noble

Book Description for Fresh Brewed:

Breanna Mitchell is on her way to a relaxing vacation at the ocean. Maybe she'll even have a beachside fling to help her get over a recent breakup.

But when a tropical storm makes her destination hotel uninhabitable, a chance encounter at continental breakfast delivers a fabulous option—with a catch. She and her friends can stay at a privately-owned, three-story oceanfront home—if she pretends to be the girlfriend of the owner's heartbreaker grandson, Ethan. Since he won't even be there, how hard could it be?

Everything is going swimmingly until Bree drinks too much wine and regales the family with romantic tales about her relationship with Ethan. His adorable brother Adam gets suspicious. His marriage-minded grandma gets engagement fever. The beautiful woman next door gets teary-eyed.

And then, Ethan unexpectedly arrives. Suddenly Bree is about to get everything she's ever wished for—but is it what she really wants?

Buy the book: Amazon ~ Barnes & Noble

Interview with Pamela Ford

LCR: If you were to describe your Continental Breakfast Club series in 20 words or less, what would you say?

PF: Screwball romantic comedy about meeting single men in the most unexpected way. Love is just a waffle away . . . or is it?

LCR: Were any of the events that took place in the book based on true events?

PF: A couple of real events did work themselves into the story! First, for years, my parents wouldn’t tell my siblings and me that my grandmother was in the hospital until she was discharged (sometimes she almost died) because they didn’t want to worry us. And second, when my friends and I were younger, we would use abbreviations to covertly describe guys we’d met, for example, NB - nice butt, or RHL - receding hair line.

LCR: Allie is the baby of the family and feels she is not treated like an adult by the rest of her family. Are you the baby of your family? Do you feel that birth order matters in families?

PF: I’m the second oldest of four, so I haven’t had much experience being the baby of the family. I think birth order definitely has impact. Parents are often more laid-back with their third child than with their first. The second may feel like the oldest always gets to do everything first (this was my second daughter’s complaint!). The youngest thinks the oldest is “bossy,” the oldest thinks the youngest is a “pest.” If people aren’t careful, I think birth order family dynamics can impact family member relationships their entire lives (just read the letters to Dear Abby!).

LCR: Your previous books were traditionally published, but you have chosen to self-publish this series. Why is that?

PF: I’d finished book one, Over Easy, and was ready to go with it. Taking the traditional route meant I would have to go through the submission (and rejection) process which could take many months or even years, and still not result in the book being bought. Self-pubbing had come into its own and a lot of people were singing its praises, so I decided I had nothing to lose by giving it a try.

LCR: If you could travel back in time, where would you go?

PF: Every time I think going back would be fun, something else reminds me that it might not be so great after all—like having to wear a corset or having fewer rights because I’m female. I’d give anything to travel forward, though. I’ve always loved science fiction and the concept of space travel, and would love to see what lies in our future.

LCR: Any advice for new writers?

PF: Spend some time figuring out your main characters before you start writing. Determine their GMCs—goals, motivations, and conflicts. I love this book: GMC: Goal, Motivation & Conflict by Debra Dixon. Another excellent book is: Fiction is Folks – How to Create Unforgettable Characters by Robert Newton Peck. (It’s out of print, but Amazon has used copies.) Figure out your hero’s black moment, epiphany, and character arc. Once you really know your characters, and what matters to them and why, your story will be stronger and the writing easier.

LCR: What do you want readers to remember the most about you?

PF: I love to laugh. Oh, and I’m an incurable romantic.

About the Author:

Pamela Ford is the award-winning author of contemporary and historical romance. She grew up watching old movies, blissfully sighing over the romance; and reading sci-fi and adventure novels, vicariously living the action. The combination probably explains why the books she writes are romantic, happily-ever-afters with plenty of plot - and often lots of laughter.

After graduating from college with a degree in Advertising, Pam merrily set off to earn a living, searching for that perfect career as she became a graphic designer, print buyer, pantyhose sales rep, public relations specialist, copywriter, freelance writer - and finally author. Pam has won numerous awards including the Booksellers Best, the Laurel Wreath, and a gold medal IPPY in the Independent Book Publisher Awards. She is a Kindle Book Awards finalist and a two-time Golden Heart Finalist. She lives in Wisconsin where she is working on her next novel.

Connect with the author: Website  ~  Twitter  ~  Facebook  ~  Goodreads

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  1. I'm excited to have the tour underway! Thanks for kicking it off with a splash!

    1. You're most welcome! Your books made me laugh. :-) Thanks for stopping by.

  2. The books sound delightful and entertaining. I would enjoy these greatly. Thanks.

  3. I love the premise of the book! And I love romantic comedies like this, especially because this goofballness seems like something I'd do :)

    1. Goofballness is just the perfect word to describe this series! You would love them. Thanks for stopping by.


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