Our guest today: Claire Cook
Why she rocks: What’s not to love? She’s lovely and talented! Not to mention funny!
Her latest: Time Flies
The scoop: Years ago, Melanie followed her husband, Kurt, from the New England beach town where their two young sons were thriving to the suburbs of Atlanta. She’s carved out a life as a successful metal sculptor, but when Kurt leaves her for another woman, having the tools to cut up their marriage bed is small consolation. She’s old enough to know that high school reunions are often a big disappointment, but when her best friend makes her buy a ticket and an old flame gets in touch to see whether she’ll be going, she fantasizes that returning to her past might help her find her future…until her driving phobia resurfaces and threatens to hold her back from the adventure of a lifetime.
Time Flies is an epic road trip filled with fun, heartbreak, and friendship, and explores what it takes to conquer your worst fears…so you can start living your future.
Our thoughts: Grab a margarita and dive into this one!
Giveaway: One SIGNED copy of Time Flies! Leave a comment here and we’ll choose a winner after Noon PST on June 7th.
Also….Win a weekend at Lake Austin Spa Resort to celebrate TIME FLIES! You and one of your oldest and dearest friends could win an all-expense-paid weekend including airfare at the amazing Lake Austin Spa Resort in Austin, Texas – worth over $4,500. You’ll get a chance to reunite with your friend, relax, and hang out with Claire! Enter on Facebook or at ClaireCook.com.
Where you can read more about Claire: Her website, facebook or Twitter.
CLAIRE COOK’S 5 SUMMER LOVES
1. Book you plan to read
I just finished writing a blurb for an upcoming novel called Your Perfect Life. It’s so good that once I get back from my Time Flies book tour, I just might have to kick off my flip-flops and read it all over again. One of my characters once said “karma is a boomerang” and the authors of this novel have done so much to support their sister authors that I know all that good energy is going to come back to them and make this novel the mega success it deserves to be.
Here’s what I had to say about Your Perfect Life, by the way: “Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke blend their voices seamlessly and hilariously and remind us that even though the grass often looks greener under our friends’ lives, nobody gets happily ever unless they go after it. Your Perfect Life is clever, quirky, fresh, and ultimately, empowering!”
2. Vacay or staycay you plan to take
Life imitating TIME FLIES, I just so happen to have a big high school reunion coming up, so I’ll be heading back to my beachy hometown in Massachusetts for that. I wonder if it will feel like being in a scene from the book….
3. Cocktail or mocktail you plan to drink
Here are two of the retro drinks featured in TIME FLIES. I think I just might have to try one of them this summer. Maybe both.
LONG SLOW COMFORTABLE SCREW UP AGAINST THE WALL
1 oz. sloe gin
1 oz. vodka
1 oz. Southern Comfort
1 oz. Galliano
Mix all ingredients in tall glass filled with ice. Find a wall.
SEX ON THE BEACH
1 1/2 oz. vodka
1 1/2 oz. peach schnapps
2 oz. cranberry juice
2 oz. orange juice
Mix all ingredients in tall glass filled with ice. Find a beach.
4. Music you plan to listen to
Some of the characters in TIME FLIES make playlists, and rediscovering all those old songs turned out to be one of the most fun parts of writing the book. So it’s going to be an oldies summer for me, I think. It’s amazing how many of those songs hold up. I remember my son coming home from middle school one day and saying, “Have you ever heard of this band called The Doors?” Uh, yeah.
5. Place you plan to write
I’d love to say the beach. Or the south of France. Or something/anything glamorous. But the truth is I have to shut the door of my ordinary office and close the blinds to block out the real world in order to get any writing done. But after that, I am absolutely going to hit the beach!