‘Mastering the Art of French Eating’ by Ann Mah

am mtaofeSTORY: When journalist Ann Mah’s diplomat husband is given a three-year assignment in Paris, Ann is overjoyed. A lifelong foodie and Francophile, she immediately begins plotting gastronomic adventures à deux. Then her husband is called away to Iraq on a year-long post—alone. Suddenly, Ann’s vision of a romantic sojourn in the City of Light is turned upside down.

So, not unlike another diplomatic wife, Julia Child, Ann must find a life for herself in a new city.  Journeying through Paris and the surrounding regions of France, Ann combats her loneliness by seeking out the perfect pain au chocolat and learning the way the andouillette sausage is really made. She explores the history and taste of everything from boeuf Bourguignon to soupe au pistou to the crispiest of buckwheat crepes. And somewhere between Paris and the south of France, she uncovers a few of life’s truths.

Like Sarah Turnbull’s Almost French and Julie Powell’s New York Timesbestseller Julie and Julia, Mastering the Art of French Eating is interwoven with the lively characters Ann meets and the traditional recipes she samples. Both funny and intelligent, this is a story about love—of food, family, and France.

REVIEW: This author has always loved food and enjoys writing food reviews for publications. When her diplomatic husband is assigned to Paris France for a three-year assignment, they are completely thrilled.  As the expat spouse of a diplomat, finding a job can be nearly impossible unless one chooses to apply for working papers and jump through all the hoops involved.  After settling in, Ann decides to write about a few of the signature dishes of France.  Some of these dishes are:  crepes, steak frites, salad Lyonnais, Cassoulet, Soupe au Pistou, Choucroute, Fondue and Boeuf Bourguignon.

To be as thorough as possible, Ann travels to each region from which these dishes originate.  While in each place, she meets with some of the masters, i.e., chefs and restaurant owners and even the growers, to discuss the history and preparation of these dishes and why they are indigenous to a particular region.

A huge fan of the famous Julia Child, Ann wanted to cook like Julia.  Julia was also the spouse of a diplomat assigned to Paris in 1948.  While there, Julia fell in love with French cooking and attended the Cordon Bleu.  While working on a tiny stove in her equally tiny apartment, she mastered many French dishes and wrote a book entitled, “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” which is now considered to be a standard of French cuisine.

The first year in Paris finds Ann alone and on her own as her husband has to leave on an one-year assignment in Baghdad to be then followed by completing his assignment in Paris.  Ann describes the difficulties of loneliness and homesickness.  Add to that the pressure to learn the French language and immerse herself into the culture of France makes for some trying times.  However, her strength and determination to make a success of her time in this beautiful country sees her through. 

I found this book especially appealing to me because I was also that spouse when my husband took a 6-year diplomatic assignment in Paris.  I can certainly understand the many hurdles Ann faces because I did so as well.  However, I also enjoyed seeing her become a stronger person as she learns to adapt herself to all the changes in her life and learns to embrace the entire glorious experience.

If you have an interest in French food and of the history of the regions of France, I think you will also enjoy this book as much as I did.

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‘Accidents of Marriage’ by Randy Susan Meyers

rsm aomSTORY: Accidents of Marriage explores a topic rarely shown in fiction: the destruction left in the wake of spouse’s verbal fury. Ben never meant to hurt Maddy. He never imagined his recklessness would lead to tragedy.

Maddy is a social worker trying to balance her career and three children. Years ago, she fell in love with Ben, a public defender, drawn to his fiery passion, but now he’s lashing out at her during his periodic verbal furies. She vacillates between tiptoeing around him and asserting herself for the sake of their kids – which works to keep a fragile peace – until the rainy day when they’re together in the car and Ben’s volatile temper gets the best of him, leaving Maddy in the hospital fighting for her life.

Randy Susan Meyers takes us inside the hearts and minds of her characters, alternating among the perspectives of Maddy, Ben, and their fourteen-year-old daughter. Accidents of Marriage is a provocative and stunning novel that will resonate deeply with women from all walks of life, ultimately revealing the challenges of family, faith, and forgiveness.

ACCIDENTS OF MARRIAGE explores a topic rarely shown in fiction: the damaging effects of a spouse’s emotional abuse.

REVIEW: Maddy and Ben are the typical family of three children, teenager Emma and younger kids, Gracie and Caleb.  Maddy is a social worker and Ben is a public defender.  Both have their parents living nearby and have a “mixed” marriage as Maddy is Jewish and Ben is Catholic.

As with any busy family, they are always hurrying to jobs and school and working hard to keep the housework up.  Problem is, Ben has a temper that explodes way too often.  This has resulted in Maddy’s tendency to “walk on eggs” around him to try and defuse his outbursts.  While Ben has never hit anyone, he has broken things by throwing them.  
One day during a rainstorm, Ben and Maddy are in the car and Ben’s temper gets the best of him as someone is tailgating him.  The road rage that overcomes him results in a serious accident that leaves Ben only slightly injured but Maddy suffers a serious brain injury.  The aftermath of simply hoping Maddy will survive to her time spent in a coma puts a huge strain on all of the family members.
The story follows Ben as he finds himself trying to take care of the children as Maddy always did, in addition to visiting her in the hospital, doing his job and handling the anger from family members for his fault in causing the accident.  We see him feel guilt, love for Maddy, interactions with his children and frustration with all of his new responsibilities.
Emma is saddled with a lot of the household chores and caring for her younger siblings while coping with her own anger at her father, worry about her mother and just being a teenager.
When Maddy finally comes out of the coma, her difficulties are just beginning as she has to learn to speak and relearn so many things that result in a difficult uphill and emotional battle for her.  While Ben is solicitous to Maddy, she soon learns that his temper was the reason for the accident.  Will she be able to forgive him and keep their marriage intact?
This is a dramatic story of the consequences of an act of anger.  It could happen to anyone.  Perhaps we all can learn a bit of a lesson here.
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Outlander Ep. 106 ‘Garrison Commander’

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It’s Monday and I’m still trying to process this last episode.

Below are my thoughts about it and its characters. If you haven’t watched the episode, be aware that there are spoilers. As for all the rest of you that have seen it, I hope you stop by and give me your thoughts on it.

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This episode starts and ends with hope. It starts where it ended last week, at the brook with Lt. Foster offering assistance to Claire, if she needs it and she tells him she is indeed a guest of MacKenzie’s but he insists for her to accompany him to Ft. William and meet his commanding officer, which she has no choice but do, Dougal in tow. She is actually happy about being among her people and is hopeful in soliciting their help in escorting her to Inverness.

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Well, after meeting some English officers and a few glasses of wine, our Claire gets a bit too comfy and just then, in walks Captain Randall. And from there on, I’m now sure everything will go south. But not Claire! She’s full of hope that one of these noble English officers will sympathize and offer her an escort. After all, these are her people. I loved watching her entertain all these men, but once she proved not to be just an ‘English Rose’ but a woman with a mind, all those men just ran for the hills and abandoned her to one of the best tête-à-tête sessions I’ve ever seen. This was her only hope to convince Captain Randall to help her get to Inverness and let me tell you, our girl tries very hard, but this man can read her like a book.

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He’s not buying any of it, and in the end tells her so. He is plainly playing her like a harpsichord [btw, wasn’t that the instrument playing as she’s dining with the those pompous asses?!], and even I can see her wheels churning as to how to reach this man that reminds her so much of her beloved Frank. Captain Randall wants her to corroborate the fact that MacKenzie is a Jacobite and she’s playing dumb, telling him she knows no such thing.

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At this point he tells her that if she doesn’t cooperate, he’ll employ other tactics to get at the truth [SHUT THE F* UP CLAIRE!]. I just knew she couldn’t let this one pass by! She tells him she’s heard of ‘his tactics’ before. They earned him quite the reputation at Castle Leoch. You could see that Black Jack was itching to talk about this particular case of inflicting pain and administering his own brand of justice to a young man who had already been flogged with 100 lashes just a few days ago. He deemed it appropriate to give him another 100 for having been found with bread in his possession.

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And here is where we get to go into the mind of a monster. What a trip! Hell and damnation, but this is one sick SOB! The way he describes himself, his victim and the act of flogging is very disturbing. But to watch the said act as he is describing it is beyond anything I’ve ever read [excluding the Bible] or seen [excluding Mel Gibson’s ‘Passion of the Christ’]. The scene is brutal in its honesty. If this scene was visually and emotionally hard to watch, I can’t even imagine how hard it must have been on the actors in it. Sam Heughan and Tobias Menzies were brilliant. Those scenes opened the eyes of the audience as to the strength of this young man, but most of all, we were let into a dark mind of a monster.

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No normal, sane human would ever enjoy describing his actions as form of bonding and connecting to his victim by flaying him to the bone. No normal, sane human would refer to that heinous act as ‘bloody masterpiece’. However, an insane, sadistic man would and did.

106 c“I think all they could see was the horror. I could see the beauty. I saw the truth. That boy and I, we were creating a masterpiece, an exquisite, bloody masterpiece. It was the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen.”  Black Jack Randall

Our Claire finally and irrevocably gets the picture, but still, deep within her heart tries to reach him by offering what little understanding she can. Both are trying to explain his darkness by using war as an excuse, but I’m not buying it! BULL! This guy relishes his darkness and he’s not willing to leave it.

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“I dwell in darkness, madam. Darkness is where I belong. I need none of your sympathy and you‘ll get none from me.” – Black Jack Randall

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Now let me back up a minute here. It’s noteworthy to mention that the scene between BJR and Claire took in the garrison’s dining room and only the two of them were there. It was actually exhilarating and amazing to watch the exchange.

Photo credit from: @spetzluv45 @JeSuisPrestNow

Photo credit from: @spetzluv45 @JeSuisPrestNow

To some, this episode may have been boring [once more I say to each their own] but to me, they were tension filled; riveting; painful; absorbing; revealing. And when I say revealing, I don’t only mean ‘character revealing’, I mean it also as showing me the caliber of both, Caitriona Balfe and Tobias Menzies, acting abilities. HOLY SHIT but they are brilliant. I couldn’t avert my eyes from Claire’s eyes. This woman’s quiet tears were falling unchecked to her bosom while staring at this man who is oh so casually talking about flogging a man almost unto death. You can see that she is in pain as much as loathing, wishes with all her might to somehow reach deep inside this man, and try to fix him. Well, that is until he sucker punches her! All bets are off now! Kudos to Caitriona Balfe for once more showing us how strong she is in this role.

PHOTO CREDIT STARZ

PHOTO CREDIT STARZ

This might have been Tobias Menzies’ finest hour, but he needed someone like her to bring this all out, and boy she held her own! The same could be said for Sam Heughan. Tobias Menzies needed him as well to pull this scene off. In the end, all three did an outstanding job and this show continues to bring it’s A game, as I give props to the writers, directors, show runner, producers, costumes, music [OMG this was great too], and finally those hard-working makeup artists that had me squirm as I watched Jamie’s back.

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The end of this episode came quickly as usual and I whooped as Dougal once again saves the day by whisking Claire out of the garrison, with BJR telling him he’s not done with her and to bring her back for further questioning on the morrow. Dougal may have saved her but he still doesn’t trust her and while they stop by this creek, he once more asks claire, while she’s drinking the sulfurous water from the creek, is she an English or french spy [all the while hiding his dirk behind his back] and at this Claire is pissed as hell for having to repeat it over and over that she’s just plain Claire Beecham. Lo and behold, he says he believes her and the reason for it?!

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The magic spring! Yeah! If she was lying, she’d be dead by now from water eating her gizzard out! So now that he trusts her not to be a spy, he finally wants to protect her by making her a Scot. And the only way to do that, is for her to be married to one. No, not him but we now know it will be Jamie she’ll be marrying if he’s willing, which HELLO! He sure is and I’m loving this ending and I can finally exhale!

What did you think about this episode? Did you buy into BJR’s excuse? Were you able to watch the flogging? What did you think of Cait’s performance in this episode? And Sam’s? And Tobias’s?

 “Doesn’t it bother you that I’m not a virgin?” – Claire

“No,” Jamie says, “So long as it doesn’t bother you that I am.”  – Jamie Fraser

Here is preview for next week’s episode “The Wedding”

#Ask Outlander with @TobiasMenzies!

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Ron’s podcast said it was your idea to wipe Jenny’s face with your finger – is visiting your dark side fun?

Yes, I’m afraid all that kinda kinki-ness tends to be my idea….ho hum

Will you also be playing BJR’s brother Alex in the next season?

Be fun! but I would have to do scenes with myself….? what could possibly go wrong

Are you a bit jealous – not being able to wear a kilt?

Are you kidding! The kilt is a ridiculous item of clothing……get dressed!

Who is your favorite singer/band?

Can’t stop listen to Everyday Robots by Damon Albarn

Who is your favorite tennis player?

Now Djokovic

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Wich one do you like to play best,Frank or BJR??

Really enjoying them both, the variety is fun

How did you find the humanity in Black Jack? Does he even have any!?

Definitely, its not interesting if he doesn’t, don’t you think?

Favorite outfit, 40’s or 18th century? You look fab in both!

Both great, @draiochta14 is a genius, but have to go red coat

Has Outlander afforded you with more opportunities in films?

Have had a chance to test that water yet, been too busy filming the show, but i hope so. would you go see my film?

We know some really..umm..dark stuff are on the way. How was it like filming those scenes?

We’ve been shooting the wentworth stuff these past few weeks. yeah, its dark, what can I say

Yes or no to Marmite?

YES

Will you also be playing BJR’s brother Alex in the next season?

Be fun! but I would have to do scenes with myself….? what could possibly go wrong

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So, have you ever had to switch from Frank to BJR in the same day of shooting?

Not yet, but I feel sure there’s gonna be a day….

Was acting your first love?

No, I wanted to be a tennis player, I was brought up on McEnroe, Borg, total rock stars

Justice or mercy?

Wow, we’re getting philosophical……mercy

Coffee or tea? And how do you take it?

Coffee, milk and a dash of sugar

Has Outlander afforded you with more opportunities in films?

Have had a chance to test that water yet, been too busy filming the show, but i hope so. would you go see my film?

Do you have an itch to direct any future episodes? Is this an option?

I would love to actually, always had a desire to direct at some point….what this space

@Writer_DG has said she is BJR. What about you-more in common with BJR or Frank?

I love that Diana says this, its great, who could blame her, he’s kinda the best

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How does it feel to be not so liked as a character? Does it effect your real life?

Oh I think you like me a little bit right?!

What do you do to unwind?

Tennis, love my tennis

Who is the most studious on set?

Hmmm, good question….it you’re not sure its probably you

Have a whip do you have handcuffs too?

That would be telling

Is this your most challenging role yet? If not, what was?

This is certainly up there, but I played Hamlet in the theatre, that was a little challenging too

Do you improvise a lot on set? Love your work…and striped socks

No, no real impro, we work on the script a lot and try and stick to it, its quite a precise form of drama

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Do you prefer cats or dogs?

In my old age I have become a dog person

Any tv shows you’re currently watching?

First season House of Cards enjoyed a lot

Did you also do screen tests with @caitrionambalfe? How did they go? Instant chemistry or slow and sweet?

No I didn’t do any chemistry stuff, they kept me separate, probably wise

Does BJR know how evil he is?

I think so, but he draws the boundaries in a different place to most people, but he’s immoral not amoral

Do you have any Welsh ancestry because you sure look like my brother

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Not as far as I’m aware…but that is uncanny!

How do you step out of the mind of a dark, difficult character at the end of a work day?

Who says I do?

If you could meet anyone, living/dead, who? What 1 question would you ask?

It would have to be, What’s it like to play two characters?

 Can I be honest? My head is so fried by typing like a madman for 30 mins I can’t remember what we said `ahhhhh #AskOutlander

Hey thank you everyone for your questions! great to hang out with you a little….enjoy the show on saturday, sweet dreams.

[all photo credit STARZ]

‘A Lady at Willowgrove Hall’ by Sarah E. Ladd

sel lowhSTORY: Willowgrove Hall is full of secrets, but soon everything hidden is brought to light.
Cecily Faire has a secret—and she intends to keep it. But when she arrives at Willowgrove Hall to serve as a lady’s companion, she comes face-to-face with the only person who knows the truth about her past.

As the steward of Willowgrove Hall, Nathaniel Stanton is dedicated to serving those around him. Nothing escapes his notice—including the beautiful new lady’s companion. He is certain the lovely Miss Faire is hiding something, and he determines to uncover it. But Nathaniel has a secret of his own: he is the illegitimate son of Willowgrove’s former master. Falling in love was not part of his plans . . . until he meets Cecily Faire.

When Willowgrove’s mistress dies, everything changes. Fear of exposure forces Cecily to leave under the cover of darkness, embarking on a journey to finally find her long-lost sister. When the will is read, Nathaniel’s inheritance makes him question his future plans. Cecily and Nathaniel are forced to make decisions that will change the course of their lives. Is their love strong enough to survive?

REVIEW: Cecily Faire, age 16, has a twin sister, Leah.  The girls lost their mother some years ago and have been raised by their angry father.  Unbeknownst to him, Cecily has fallen in love with Andrew Moreton of nearby Aradelle Park and the two are meeting to elope.  However, her father, who works as the blacksmith to Andrew’s father, catches them before they can leave and immediately takes Cecily to the Rosemere, School for Young Ladies.

Laurel Cottage at Willowgrove Hall, Wiltonshire England 1814.  Nathaniel Stanton is watching his father die.  Seeing his father so ill has distressed him immensely so it is very upsetting when his father confesses a long-kept secret that turns his world upside down.  At his father’s passing, Nathaniel then becomes the Steward of Willowgrove.

Now age 21, Cecily is a well-educated and accomplished young woman.  Sadly, she has never again heard from her father or her sister.  Ashamed of her past action of trying to elope, Cecily carefully hides her secret.  With her incredible talent for embroidery, Cecily would like to be a seamstress.  So, she is rather surprised when the Headmistress of Rosemere tells her that she has a job for her at Willowgrove Hall to be the companion to Mrs. Tryst, who is now is poor health.

When Cecily arrives at Willowgrove, she is shocked to find Andrew Moreton, the young man she was supposed to elope with, living there and the heir to Willowgrove.  Afraid that he might reveal their past, Cecily does all she can to avoid Andrew. 

Cecily has made friends with Nathaniel Stanton’s family and enjoys being with them during her free time from Mrs. Tryst.  As she and Nathaniel get to know one another better, they find an attraction to one another.

Although Mrs. Tryst is a crotchety woman, Cecily is very patient with her and they slowly develop a friendship.  When Mrs. Tryst’s health fails even more, past secrets are revealed.

This is the third of Ms. Ladd’s novels.  The first ones are “The Heiress of Winterwood” and “Headmistress of Rosemere.”  I immensely enjoyed her first novels and have anxiously awaited this one.  While it is a good story, I found that the pace of this novel is a bit slow.  However, I think readers will truly enjoy the book and I am certainly looking forward to more novels by this very talented author.

This book is due to be published October 7, 2014 by Thomas Nelson Fiction.  I have strived to add teasers to this review without giving out any spoilers.

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Complementary copy provided by the publisher

‘While Love Stirs’ by Lorna Seilstad

ls wlsSTORY: After graduating from Fannie Farmer’s School of Cookery in 1910, Charlotte Gregory is ready to stir things up. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to travel, lecture, and give cooking demonstrations on the very latest kitchen revolution–the gas stove–and certainly doesn’t mind that the gas company has hired the handsome Lewis Mathis to perform at her lectures. Lewis encourages her work, especially her crusade to introduce fresh, appetizing, nutritious food to those convalescing in hospitals. But young hospital superintendent Dr. Joel Brooks is not convinced any changes should be made–especially by this outspoken young woman.

When Charlotte and Joel are coerced into planning a fund-raising gala for the hospital, will this combustible pair explode?

Fan favorite Lorna Seilstad is back with a breezy, lighthearted love triangle that will keep readers guessing. Attention to historic detail adorns the timeless story of a young woman looking for true love and making her way in a rapidly changing world.

REVIEW: Charlotte Gregory and her sisters, Hannah and Tessa, grew up on a farm and know what it’s like to have to work hard.  When Hannah married her husband, Lincoln, Charlotte and Tessa were invited to live with his wealthy Aunt Sam.  The sisters lost their parents some years earlier and have become a comfort to Aunt Sam.

It is now 1910, and Charlotte has just graduated from Fannie Farmer’s School of Cookery.  She has always loved to cook and her dream is to be a chef.  Ah – but those jobs seem to be reserved for men. She then enters a cooking competition sponsored by the gas company and wins a new gas stove and a job offer.  Cooking with gas is the new and modern way to cook.  Her job takes her to different cities where she lectures and demonstrates cooking with gas.  She has one week working and one week off. 

Around that time, her sister, Hannah, has just given birth to a little girl.  While visiting her at the hospital, she meets her sister’s doctor, Dr. Joel Brooks.  While Charlotte is impressed with the doctor’s manners and good looks, she is appalled at the bland food being offered to the patients.  An outspoken woman, Charlotte tries to introduce better cooking and nutrition ideas to the hospital itself.  The nurses are all for it but the doctor is not open to change in that area.  He feels that what monies the hospital has should be used for new equipment. 

When Charlotte is free from her lecturing job, she is determined to see that changes are made at the hospital.  A stubborn young woman, she is well paired with Dr. Brooks who is just as stubborn.  While sparks fly with their disagreements, they also begin to light up an attraction between the two.

Aunt Sam suggests a fund-raising ball to help purchase some of the things the hospital needs and set up a kitchen with a goal for better food for the patients.  This means that Charlotte and Joel are working closely together to prepare for the ball.

This book offers several plots woven together so there is never a dull moment.  There are bits of interesting cooking tips, a mystery, crazy weather events and medical emergencies.  That means there is something for everyone.

I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and look forward to more from this author.

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Fan2Author Interview with Becky Monson!

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000031_00006]b2bConnie: Becky, before I start with the questions, how about you tell us a bit about your writing career so far?

Becky Monson: My writing career started when I was working in an office and I was basically the only person there. It was incredibly boring. So I decided I was going to write a book. That was long before Thirty-Two Going on Spinster came out and what the story started as, is not what it became. I wrote the story over many years, stopping to have a baby and then picking it up again. It wasn’t until I heard about a friend who was self-publishing and doing fabulously that I decided to really finish it. It’s been a crazy and fun rollercoaster ride over this past year and a half. I’ve loved it!

b2b: What was your favorite book as a child?

BM: I would have to say Charlotte’s Web. I really adored that book. Still do.

b2b: Is there a book you’re never tired of reading over and over?

BM: I can read Can You Keep a Secret by Sophie Kinsella over and over again and never get sick of it. Also the Harry Potter series.

b2b: Do you like reading classics and is there one that you’re embarrassed to say you’ve never read?

BM: I used to love reading the classics, but it’s been a while. I’ve never read Gone With the Wind. I know, I’m ashamed. It’s on my to-read list, though! So hopefully soon!

b2b: Is there a book that you recently read that you wish you had written?

BM: Oh my gosh – have you read any of Penny Reid’s books? If you haven’t, go get them now. She is so fantastic. Smart, witty, romantic. Anytime I read her books I think, dang it! Why can’t I write like her? I tell her that I want to be like her when I grow up, only I’m five years older. She’s an author to watch, for sure.

b2b: What’s a movie adaptation of a book that you loved or that you wish it is made?

BM: Well, I would love to see Thirty-Two Going on Spinster made into a movie! I think it would be so fun! A book that was made into a movie that I loved was Austenland by Shannon Hale. It was almost better than the book… almost.

b2b: If you were given only one genre to read for the rest of your life, what would it be?

BM: Chick lit, of course! It’s by far my favorite genre. I love that it’s an escape and usually a happy one.

b2b: What was the last book that made you laugh out loud, and what was the last one that made you cry?

BM: The last book that made me laugh out loud was Jayne Denker’s Picture This, which is a super cute book. The last book I read that made me cry was I’m Still Here by Kathryn Biel. Such a fantastic read.

b2b: During a thunderstorm – stay inside or sit on porch watching the show?

BM: I stay inside. Mostly because my kiddos are scared of thunder and lightning. And although he won’t admit it, my husband is too.

b2b: Flannels or Silk?

BM: Flannels.  I like the comfort feeling of it.

b2b: Sports car or SUV?

BM: Well since I’m a mom of three, I can only choose the SUV. I don’t know if I would drive a sports car even after my children grow up. My husband, on the other hand…

b2b: Cats or Dogs?

BM: Cats. But my husband is allergic so we can’t have any animals, which is okay with three young kids – I don’t need to add to the chaos. But when they are older and more responsible, I think it will be sad for them.

b2b: Champagne or Beer?

BM: Neither – I’m a Diet Coke addict. I swear I’m quitting this week, though (I say that 32 Going on Spinsterevery week).

b2b: Movies or TV?

BM: I used to love TV, but the more I write, the less I watch. I do love going to the movies with my husband, that’s kind of our thing. Unless it’s a chick flick, then he’s out and I so I go with my girlfriends.

b2b: What’s your favorite TV show or movie?

BM: The only show I make time to watch is Downton Abbey. I avoided it for a while, but then my husband got me the first three seasons last Christmas and I watched them all in just over a week. I ignored everything! Such a great show, though. As far as movies go, my all-time favorite when I was younger was The Goonies. It actually still might be my favorite.

b2b: Becky, thanks so much for stopping by b2b and we wish you great success with your novels.

BM: Thanks for having me! xoxo

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Author pic 1bw smallerAUTHOR BIO: By day, Becky Monson is a mother to three young children, and a wife. By night, she escapes with reading books and writing. In her début novel, Becky uses humor and true-life experiences to bring her characters to life. She loves all things chick-lit (movies, books, etc.), and wishes she had a British accent. She has recently given up Diet Coke for the fiftieth time and is hopeful this time will last… but it probably won’t.
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