Jul 19, 2016

Boyfriend by the Book

Blurb for Boyfriend by the Book:

Jodi Nichols isn’t the most romantic girl on the planet. She doesn’t get mushy over fictional love stories, or picture herself getting swept away by a handsome heroShe’s much too grounded in reality—and much too busy working as a concierge at the luxurious Regent hotel. Helping customers is Jodi’s passion in life, and while romance may be on the back burner for now, she is nursing a little crush on Levi, the cute and friendly deliveryman for the hotel packages. And unless she’s imagining things, Levi feels the same way about her.

But Jodi’s friends think she’s turning into a lonely workaholic. They try to fix her love life, buying her a copy of the bestselling relationship guide that claims women can find true love by channeling the wisdom of famous storybook heroines. Jodi thinks it sounds crazy—no way is she acting like Jane Eyre or Lizzie Bennet to find a man! But when Levi suddenly grows distant and Jodi’s chances with him seem to fizzle before her eyes, she wonders if her friends might have a point after all. Disheartened and lonely, she decides to give the so-called relationship guide a whirl, with unexpected consequences.

Before you can say ‘Pride and Prejudice’, Jodi is up to her neck in handsome, brooding men that seem too much like fictional heroes to be true. Her attempts to think like the greatest heroines in romance lead her to meet everything from a modern Mr. Rochester to an angsty Heathcliff, and even a Darcy-esque novelist. But when a former crush re-enters her life in the form of a modern day Romeo, Jodi wonders if there might be something to this ‘inner heroine’ thing after all. Now, if she could just stop thinking about Levi, then maybe her happy-ever-after will fall into place…or is something still missing from Jodi’s storybook romance?

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Author Bio: 

Laura Briggs’s first published work was Only in Novels, a short romance story from Pelican Book Group that garnered a CAPA award nomination. She has since published several other titles with the same company, all featuring an Inspirational Romance theme. Among her independently published works are a series of wedding-themed romances and Jane Austen-inspired fiction. Laura is also the co-author of a series of Grimm-esque fantasy-themed fairytale retellings known as The Dark Woods.


What was the inspiration for your book? 
You know, I’ve always loved writing books that have a theme in them about, well, books. I think a lot of writers are drawn to characters and plot lines that involve the book world. I’ve written stories about librarians, book store owners, novelists, and even a book cover model. And the idea of real life imitating fiction is always a fun one. In this case, the question of what it would be like to meet the real life version of a storybook hero. Of course, it’s not all it’s cracked up to be, as my heroine quickly learns.

Describe your main character in six words.
 Plucky but confused about her feelings.

Describe the world you’ve created in six words. 
A little chaotic but mostly romantic.

What scene was your favorite to write? 
Mmm…that’s a tough one. I had fun writing quite a few of Jodi’s disastrous dates, but her Heathcliff-esque admirer was probably the one I enjoyed the most, especially their first meeting in the book store. I loved how awkward it was for her and how she kind of knew it was going to lead to trouble, but she couldn’t seem to avoid it either. It just gets worse for her from there of course!

What scene was the hardest for you to write? 
Probably the opening scene, which basically sets up the premise of Jodi being hopeless at romance. As much fun as it is to write a story this over-the-top, it’s also hard to make it convincing. You don’t want readers to have to suspend their disbelief too much for this, but you don’t want it to seem boring either. It’s hard to find the right balance between quirky and realistic for putting your heroine in such a crazy situation.

What are you working on now?  
Right now, I’m finishing the revisions on a book involving a wedding planner theme. The world of event planning is one I’ve touched on in several books now, but readers always seem to enjoy it.

Are there any authors or books you recommend? 
Ironically, I tend to choose mystery books for my own tbr list. Lately these have included Alexander McCall Smith, Alex Grecian, Lynn Shepherd, Henning Mankell, and Anne Hillerman. I do love Jane Austen’s works of course--my favorite is Sense and Sensibility. I’ve also enjoyed several works by Anne Tyler and Amy Tan.

What's your favorite thing to do when you're not writing?
Oh, lots of stuff. I like to work outside, planting stuff in my yard. I like to cook, or mostly to bake (I have a sweet tooth! And probably a cavity or two.) Spending time with family and going to church are important parts of my life. Shopping for cute dresses is a hobby I try to keep to a minimum, though it’s hard with so many options just a mouse click away. And I love to catch the occasional play, whether it’s the community theatre, or one of the Broadway road tours that happens to come through my state. 

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