Published by Lake Union Publishing
Title: DEAR DWAYNE, WITH LOVE
Author: Eliza Gordon
Pub. Date: January 23, 2018
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Formats: Paperback, eBook, audiobook
Wannabe actress Dani Steele’s résumé resembles a cautionary tale on how not to be famous. She’s pushing thirty and stuck in a dead-end insurance job, and her relationship status is holding at uncommitted. With unbearably perfect sisters and a mother who won’t let her forget it, Dani has two go-tos for consolation: maple scones and a blog in which she pours her heart out to her celebrity idol. He’s the man her father never was, no boyfriend will ever be—and not so impossible a dream as one might think. When Dani learns that he’s planning a fund-raising event where the winning amateur athlete gets a walk-on in his new film, she decides to trade pastries and self-doubt for running shoes and a sexy British trainer with adorable knees.
But when Dani’s plot takes an unexpected twist, she realizes that her happy ending might have to be improvised—and that proving herself to her idol isn’t half as important as proving something to herself.
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This is a work of fiction. While Dwayne Johnson p/k/a The Rock is a real person, events relating to him in the book are a product of the author’s imagination. Mr. Johnson is not affiliated with this book, and has not endorsed it or participated in any manner in connection with this book.
Eliza Gordon has excellent taste in books, shoes, movies, and friends, and questionable sanity in the realm of love. Best leave that one alone.
In real life, she’s an editor, mom, wife, and bibliophile and proud parent of one very spoiled tuxedo cat. Eliza writes stories to help you believe in the Happily Ever After; Jennifer Sommersby, her other self, writes YA and is repped by Daniel Lazar at Writers House.
- What is on your nightstand? We’ve recently moved so right now, my nightstand is pretty tidy. Usually it’s overflowing with The Books I Must Read Next – that pile is now relegated to my office where it stares at me from my desk, reminding me that there are stories waiting for me to get lost in. I *did* get a new Kindle for Christmas (finally!) so that sits on my nightstand, as does a dozen tubes of ChapStick (I hate dry lips) and my favorite Superman hat.
- What author would you totally fan? Definitely J. K. Rowling. She is so classy and smart. And Diana Gabaldon—OMG—I had a Blue Pencil session with her last October at the Surrey International Writers Conference and I could hardly hear what she was saying because my heartbeat was so loud in my ears. She’s wonderful, and so gracious! Of course Jojo Moyes (Me Before You). And Andrew Smith (Grasshopper Jungle). Meeting Shakespeare would be cool too, but he’s super dead. (Did you really want me to just pick one?)
- What makes you cringe? THE WORD “MOIST.” Unless you are talking about the chocolate cake you’ve made and delivered to my front door, please refrain from the use of moist in my presence.
- Do you obsessively plot out each point or just go with the flow? I used to be a “pantser” (go with the flow, write by the seat of my pants) until I worked with an editor who was a strict outliner. She taught me the benefit of plotting ahead, but because I don’t like being told what to do by my outlines (I have a rebellious streak, it seems), now I’ve come up with a hybrid system where I write a five- to seven-page synopsis outlining the book’s major events. When the synopsis is that short, it’s not so daunting if one of the characters yells, “Plot twist!” and the story takes a completely different turn. Which happens. A lot.
- Is there a word you love to use? Ummm … I really love the F Word. It is SO versatile—it can be a verb, a noun, an adjective—but not everyone appreciates its full range of talents because it is, after all, the Queen of Bad Words. Its use dates back to around 1475 (which is even before my darling Shakespeare), and apparently, it wasn’t even a “naughty” word until the early to mid-nineteenth century. Words really do take on the power we silly humans assign them.A word I don’t particularly like but that is my personal writerly tic? The word “atop.” Oh man, it’s so bad—I have a book coming out in April that we had to go back in and replace, like, a million instances of this dumb word. That’s what happens when you are flying along, writing a long book. My brain doesn’t keep track of the words it used yesterday, so atop is sprinkled all over the page like salt on a soft pretzel. Only it’s a moldy soft pretzel so it’s less tasty and mostly just annoying. So embarrassing. (And even worse that we all missed it across multiple drafts! Ugh.)
Giveaway Details: International
1 winner will receive a DEAR DWAYNE, WITH LOVE Prize Pack including a finished copy of the book and swag! International.
Ends on February 13th at Midnight EST!
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