Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Blog Tour + Interview + Giveaway - Love's Last Call by Beth Matthews


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Love’s Last Call by Beth Matthews
(Ladies of Jezebel’s #1)
Publication date: October 20th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Synopsis:

Lucy York is an aspiring mechanical engineer working as a shot girl serving watered-down drinks to drunken frat boys at Jezebel’s Bar & Lounge. The job isn’t so bad—it pays her bills, and she’s managed to make a surrogate family for herself at the bar. But now, at 24, she’s ready to spread her wings and fly north to attend UC Berkeley and, maybe, distance herself a little from the all-consuming social scene at Jezebel’s.

Then her boss hires a new bouncer, Norm, a literature dork who seems like everything a bouncer shouldn’t be: tall, gangly, sweet (and, you know, named Norman). But as she gets to know him, ol’ Norm turns out to be everything Lucy never knew she wanted and the best friend she’s ever had. He’s not a bad bouncer either.

One obstacle to their happily ever after: the owner has a strict no-dating rule for employees. If anyone at Jezebel’s finds out she’s dating a bouncer, Lucy will lose her job, her surrogate family, and the money she needs to go to Berkeley.

But, if she loses Norm, is she losing her best chance at happiness?


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AUTHOR BIO

Beth Matthews is a California girl, born and raised. 
She’s a total geek, a movie buff, and a mediocre swing dancer. 
She lives in sunny SoCal with her boyfriend and two of the neediest housecats on the planet.




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When did you start writing? 
 I first started dabbling in (very bad) short stories as a kid, and I wrote my first (very bad) novel the summer after sixth grade. My first novel, a fantasy romance, was published in 2010 by a small press.


What makes you want to write? 
 I love telling stories, I love writing witty banter and blocking action scenes. It's just fun to imagine and let my mind play.


Do you ever get writer's block and what do you do to get over it? 
If it gets really bad I go to a coffee shop with no WiFi and tell myself I'm not allowed to leave until I hit a certain word count.


Do you have a special way of going about writing? 
Not really. Just turn the laptop on and type. Occasionally, if I'm having trouble with a scene I might switch to hand-writing it to jog my brain a little.


Do you have any works in progress? 
I'm working on a novella right now in my Stage Kiss contemporary romance series about theater actors in Southern California.


What are your hobbies? 
Swing-dancing is one of my favorites, and my boyfriend is slowly but surely picking it up.


How did you choose the character names for Love's Last Call? 
For the hero Norm I wanted something that would immediately single him out. An unusual name and not your typical strong "hero" name like Jack, Mike, etc. For the heroine, Lucy, I kind of went the other way and tried to think of something that screamed wholesome girl next door. Also, "Luce" means "light" and I play on that a little in the book.


Who is your favourite character in Love's Last Call? 
Definitely the hero Norm. I have a soft spot for betas. He's self-deprecating and sweet, but he's not afraid to stick up for himself when necessary.


How did you get the idea for Love's Last Call?  
My boyfriend was a bouncer in the LA bar scene for several years and he would always come home with these interesting war stories. It's a crazy, fun, chaotic world that I thought would be great for a romance novel.


What was your favourite part of writing Love's Last Call? 
The banter between Norm and Lucy was really fun.


What are you currently reading? 
I just (like five minutes ago) finished The Year We Hid Away by Sarina Bowen, which is an excellent New Adult romance.


What is your favourite book? 
Probably Again by Kathleen Gilles Seidel. It's about a Regency soap opera (and was written decades before Downton Abbey was a thing.) 


Who is your favourite author? 
Jennifer Crusie. Her books are so hilarious and romantic. BET ME is one of my favorite comfort reads.


What is your favourite film? 
Return of the Jedi is my sentimental favorite. I grew up watching that film and I still get a little happy kick in my gut every time I hear the Ewok song.


What is your favourite TV show?
My boyfriend and I are working our way through Parks and Rec together. That show is so adorable and I love all the couples on it. They do romance really well, and I think it's wonderful how many established couples they have on there to show that romance goes on even after you say "I love you."


Quick-fire questions:

Chocolate or ice cream? Chocolate ice cream! With peanut butter!
Paperback or ebook? Ebook. It's easier to multitask.
Dogs or cats? Cats (I have two.)
Go out or stay in? Stay in and snuggle!
Summer or winter? Winter! I love the rain.







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