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Welcome Poppy guest Taylor Jenkins Reid & One True Loves!

We’re thrilled to have guest author Taylor Jenkins Reid on the Poppy blog today! Taylor is the author of three amazing books, FOREVER, INTERRUPTED, AFTER I DO, MAYBE IN ANOTHER LIFE, and her latest–ONE TRUE LOVES–is out June 7th (we can’t wait!) ONE TRUE LOVES is about a woman named Emma Blair who marries her high school sweetheart, only to have his helicopter go missing over the Pacific. She grieves and moves on with her life, eventually falling in love again years later. When her husband is found alive, Emma must decide who is her one true love. If this one is anything like Taylor’s other books, it’s a not-to-be-missed story!

Taylor stopped by to take our Tall Poppy Q&A, where she talks the best perk of her job, who gets to read her work first, and what books she’s devouring right now… 

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Welcome Poppy guest Lindsay Cameron & her debut, BIGLAW!

We’re thrilled to welcome guest author Lindsay Cameron, whose debut BIGLAW was chosen as one of the Best Books of 2015 by Good Housekeeping and Redbook Magazine. BIGLAW is the story of a young woman determined to climb the ladder in the cutthroat world of an elite Manhattan law firm. A former lawyer herself, Lindsay Cameron throws back the curtain of this intriguing world, exposing the truth about life in these notoriously secretive firms. New York Times Bestselling Author Julie Buxbaum called BIGLAW a “funny, pitch-perfect, compulsively readable novel that also serves as a cautionary tale. BIGLAW reminds us to be very careful what we wish for.”

Lindsay stopped by to take our Tall Poppy Q&A, where she talks character inspiration, cover insight (and a fun little detail that will make you take a second look), and the hardest and easiest parts of her job as a writer… 

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NYT Bestselling author Mary Kubica & Don’t You Cry: A Sense of Place.

We’re thrilled to welcome New York Times bestselling author Mary Kubica to the Tall Poppy blog today! Mary writes page turning psychological thrillers that will keep you guessing (while also keeping you up all night), including her most recent Don’t You Cry (May 17th/Mira Books — don’t miss this one!)  In today’s post Mary shares how important setting is to a novel, why she’s chosen Chicago as the backdrop for her books, and the influence of “place” on her characters …

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Congrats to Adria Cimino’s Launch for A PERFUMER’S SECRET

Something smells amazing and it’s Adria Cimino’s gorgeous new book! That cover is amazing. Here’s a bit more about it.

Camino-perfumers_coverThe quest for a stolen perfume formula awakens passion, rivalry and family secrets in the fragrant flower fields of the South of France…

Perfumer Zoe Flore travels to Grasse, perfume capital of the world, to collect a formula: her inheritance from the family she never knew existed. The scent matches the one worn by her mother, who passed away when Zoe was a teenager. Zoe, competing to create a new fragrance for a prestigious designer, believes this scent could win the contract—and lead her to the reason her mother fled Grasse for New York City. read more…

Say Hello to Kaira Rouda’s THE GOODBYE YEAR

We are so excited for Kaira Rouda’s wonderful new book that came out May 3. Redbook magazine calls it a must read for spring, saying THE GOODBYE YEAR is an often hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking, look at the year before high school seniors leave their families. 

Rouda Goodbye Year CoverMelanie, a perfectionist mom who views the approaching end of parenting as a type of death, can’t believe she has only one more year to live vicariously through her slacker senior son, Dane. Gorgeous mom Sarah has just begun to realize that her only daughter, Ashley, has been serving as a stand-in for her traveling husband, and the thought of her daughter leaving for college is cracking the carefully cultivated façade of her life. Will and his wife are fine―as long as he follows the instructions on the family calendar and is sure to keep secret his whole other life with Lauren, the woman he turns to for fun (and who also happens to have a daughter in the senior class).

Told from the points of view of both the parents and the kids, The Goodbye Year explores high school peer pressure, what it’s like for young people to face the unknown of life after high school, and how a transition that should be the beginning of a couple’s second act together―empty nesting―might possibly be the end.

Doesn’t that sounds amazing! Kaira stopped by the blog to share some fun tidbits about herself.

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Kaira Rouda 

  1. I moved around a lot when I was young. My parents are both from Northern California, but I never lived there. I was born in Evanston, Illinois, where my dad got his PhD at Northwestern; my sister came along next, when my dad was a professor at University of Southern California. When my dad became a professor at University of Texas, Austin, my brother was born. We moved on from there to Boston when my dad became a professor at Harvard. The final stop was Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. That’s where I went to middle school and high school.  I raised my kids in the same suburb until the first one went off to college at Chapman University in Southern California. We all followed him.
  2. My first book, REAL YOU INCORPORATED: 8 Essentials for Women Entrepreneurs was one of the first business books for women. It was based on my experience working with my husband to build the first national residential real estate brand acknowledging that women are the key decision makers in all real estate purchases – influencing or making 91 percent of all home purchases. Until Real Living Real Estate was launched, all advertising was directed toward men. Not kidding. I’m proud of that accomplishment – and the fact we stayed married after working together closely for seven years!
  3. My husband and I went to the same high school in Upper Arlington, Ohio, but didn’t meet until I was a reporter for Business First, a business newspaper, and he was an attorney at a law firm in town. I have three boys and one girl, and she is number 2. Coffee: black. I love lavender and I make a killer Kale salad! I’m vegetarian and gluten free.
  4. I was the society columnist for Columbus, Ohio, for more than 10 years.
  5. When I laugh, I honk. Yes, like a goose at times. I laugh a lot with friends. Friends mean the world to me.
  6. I’m almost always smiling. I feel very blessed to be living the life of my dreams. The only exception is when I am asked to write opinion pieces and blog posts about empty nesting, as it is quite relevant to my latest novel, The Goodbye Year. While writing those, I’m usually crying. 🙁 #emptynestday237 #whoiscounting? #me
  7. I don’t like math, or budgets but I love painting, and photography.
  8. I’m only as happy as my saddest kid. I am 1/8 Cherokee, a member of Daughter’s of the America Revolution. My ancestor, John Sturdivant landed in Jamestown in 1623. I love doing ancestry research.
  9. My dream, since as long as I could remember, was to be a novelist. It took awhile, so I tell people to never give up! My first novel, Here, Home, Hope was published in my 40s! Things happen for a reason, when they’re supposed to, as long as you keep believing in yourself.
  10. I almost always wear the “e” key off of my computers. I am confident I can win any hula hoop contest. I love to paddleboard as long as the waves are tiny and the sun is shining. I am finally living at the beach – a place I’ve dreamed of living since I was little. And I’m really happy to be a Tall Poppy! 

Kaira Rouda PortraitKaira Rouda is a USA Today bestselling, multiple award-winning author of contemporary women’s fiction and sexy modern romance novels that sparkle with humor and heart. Her women’s fiction titles include THE GOODBYE YEAR, HERE, HOME, HOPE, ALL THE DIFFERENCE and IN THE MIRROR. Her bestselling short story is titled, A MOTHER’S DAY. Her sexy contemporary romance series include the LAGUNA BEACH Series, the INDIGO ISLAND Series and a new MALIBU Series launching in 2016. In July of 2016, Kaira Rouda’s Laguna Beach Kindle World will launch in partnership with Amazon.com.Her nonfiction titles, REAL YOU INCORPORATED: 8 Essentials for Women Entrepreneurs, and REAL YOU FOR AUTHORS: 8 Essentials for Women Writers (available for free download on her website) continue to inspire. Kaira’s work has won numerous awards including the Indie Excellence Award, USA Book Awards, the Reader’s Choice Awards and honorable mention in the Writer’s Digest International Book Awards. She lives in Southern California with her husband and four almost-grown kids, and is at work on her next novel. 

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Congratulations to Aimie K. Runyan’s Debut: PROMISED TO THE CROWN

It’s Tuesday, which here on the Tall Poppy Blog means it’s time to celebrate awesome books and their fantastic authors! This week we cheer loudly for Aimie K. Runyan’s gorgeous debut! Here’s a bit more about it.

Runyan Promised to the Crown CoverIn her illuminating debut novel, Aimie Runyan masterfully blends fact and fiction to explore the founding of New France through the experiences of three young women who, in 1667, answer Louis XIV’s call and journey to the Canadian colony.

They are known as the filles du roi, or “King’s Daughters”—young women who leave prosperous France for an uncertain future across the Atlantic. Their duty is to marry and bring forth a new generation of loyal citizens. Each prospective bride has her reason for leaving—poverty, family rejection, a broken engagement. Despite their different backgrounds, Rose, Nicole, and Elisabeth all believe that marriage to a stranger is their best, perhaps only, chance of happiness.

Once in Quebec, Elisabeth quickly accepts baker Gilbert Beaumont, who wants a business partner as well as a wife. Nicole, a farmer’s daughter from Rouen, marries a charming officer who promises comfort and security. Scarred by her traumatic past, Rose decides to take holy vows rather than marry. Yet no matter how carefully she chooses, each will be tested by hardship and heartbreaking loss—and sustained by the strength found in their uncommon friendship, and the precarious freedom offered by their new home. read more…

Welcome Poppy Guests Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke

Dear Poppy Readers, we are so excited to welcome authors Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke to the blog today to celebrate their third book, THE YEAR WE TURNED FORTY. 

The Year We Turned 40 final coverThe Year We Turned Forty, out April 26th, is the story of three best friends who get the chance to return to the year they turned forty–the year that altered their lives in ways big and small–and also get the opportunity to change their future. read more…

Let’s Celebrate Tina Ann Forkner’s THE REAL THING

Tina’s latest novel, THE REAL THING, just released and is an emotional tale of cowboys, rodeo queens, and what it really means for new bride Manda Marshall to ride beside a rodeo cowboy and his family. I loved her novel, WAKING UP JOY, and can’t wait to dive into this one. read more…

NYT Bestseller Lisa Scottoline takes the Tall Poppy Q&A!

We’re thrilled to welcome New York Times bestselling and Edgar Award winning author Lisa Scottoline to the blog today. Lisa writes page-turning, emotional thrillers and her latest, MOST WANTED, was chosen as Best Book of the Spring by Amazon!

Lisa stopped by to take our Tall Poppy Q&A, where she shares her favorite character(s), where she loves to be most, why Dunkin’ Donuts is her go-to, and what advice she has for aspiring writers… 

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Happy Book Birthday to Anita Hughes & ISLAND IN THE SEA!

Today we’re thrilled to celebrate the prolific and talented Anita Hughes and her latest (sixth!) novel, ISLAND IN THE SEA, which is about a young, female music exec who is sent to the Spanish Island of Majorca to make an aging songwriter fulfill his contract. Here’s the blurb:

Juliet Lyman is a senior executive at Yesterday Records. Music is her passion and she’s very good at her job. That’s why her famously philanthropic boss Gideon sends her to Majorca, Spain to work with a very tortured, but talented client. Lionel Harding is one of the best song writers of the 20th century, the multi-Grammy award-winning lyricist of the third most recorded song in history. But now he’s 42 and six months overdue on the his latest paid assignment. Juliet is not leaving Majorca without either new lyrics or a very large check.

To Juliet, business comes first. Emotions are secondary, and love isn’t even on the menu. But to Lionel, love is everything, and he blames Gideon for his broken heart. He’s determined to show Juliet that nothing is more important than love, but Juliet is just as determined to get Lionel to create the music that made him famous. If she can sign up local talent, even better. Her new friend Gabriella has a voice like an angel, but she’s not interested in fame. Her grandmother, Lydia, wants the world for Gabriella, and she wants Juliet’s help to give it to her.

As her professional and personal lives start to mix for the first time, Juliet is forced to reevaluate her priorities. Gideon hasn’t been totally honest, and love may be the only thing that gives them all what they need.

Anita stopped by the Tall Poppy Blog to talk about her first novel, what she loves most about her job, and her favorite 6 pm ritual … read more…

Happy Book Birthday to Weina Dai Randel + THE EMPRESS OF BRIGHT MOON

Hello dearest Poppy Readers! Today we get to celebrate Weina Dai Randel’s second book launch this year, THE EMPRESS OF BRIGHT MOON! Publishers Weekly says it’s “…a rich conclusion… Randel has done much to breathe life into the life of Empress Wu.” 

Randel Empress of Bright Moon CoverHere’s a bit more about her new book.

At the moment of the Emperor’s death, everything changes in the palace. Mei, his former concubine, is free, and Pheasant, the heir and Mei’s lover, is proclaimed as the new Emperor, heralding a new era in China. But just when Mei believes she’s closer to her dream, Pheasant’s chief wife, Lady Wang, powerful and unpredictable, turns against Mei and takes unthinkable measures to stop her. The power struggle that ensues will determine Mei’s fate–and that of China. read more…

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